How can EIAs benefit ecosystems?

Nature groups have submitted their ecological study of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve to the Land Transport Authority. – Channel News Asia, Feb 6th 2013

Click on the image below to read about how The Land Transport Authority will be using the Nature Society Singapore (NSS)’s study as part of an EIA for the cross island MRT line development. The actual 24-page study can be found on the The NSS’s website here.Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 9.18.35 PM


Below is a map locating where the Cross Island Line is proposed to cut though the central catchment area.

The Cross Island LineSG

Class notes (task outlined at the end) 2.6.7 EIA + RoleProcess

“Principle 17 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992) refers to EIA as a national instrument which “shall be undertaken for proposed activities that are likely to have a significant adverse impact on the environment”. EIA is applied by countries with different levels of development, types of government and cultural traditions. The arrangements and practices that are in place in different countries vary, in some cases substantially, as a result of these factors. A general distinction can be made between the characteristics of EIA systems of developed and developing countries. While those of developing countries are less advanced, the EIA process is similar, with common elements, steps and activities. In addition, the same basic principles for EIA good practice apply internationally to both developed and developing countries (EIA Centre, 1995).”

You can find a variety of EIA case studies below. Very rarely do EIAs look the same, however, as we’ve seen, there are key processes that take place.

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