Class Foundations of Environmental Impact Assessment

  • Presentation


    This class provides students with a set of contents that allows them to acquire knowledge and develop practical skills and behaviors, necessary for carrying out activities in terms of Environmental Impact Assessment of plans and projects, Environmental Impact Studies and Post-Audit of Environmental Impact Assessment.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    •  Framework of the theme. Impact Assessment’s importance of projects as a preventive and decision support tool
    •  Legal Framework
    •  Main Impact Assessment’s Products
    •  Phases of the IA process
    •  Environmental Impact Studies: Structure and Content
    •  Public Participation
    •  Impact assessment methodologies
    •  Minimization, compensation and monitoring programs
    •  Discussion of case studies: impacts induced by different project typologies according to their characteristics. Scope definition. Environmental factors of major and minor significance. Minimization / compensation measures, monitoring programs.
  • Objectives


    Empower students to acquire basic knowledge on the subject of Environmental Impact Assessment, analysis, and evaluation of impacts generated by new projects and plans, amendments to existing as well as develop the ability to integrate environmental issues in land planning. Acquisition of knowledge of the legal framework. Consolidation of concepts and knowledge through the discussion of case studies.

    The course aims to meet the needs of multidisciplinary training in the area of environmental impact assessment in various stages of design, construction, operation and decommissioning projects.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Expository/interrogative method; development of works and challenges using bibliographic research and internet; individual/group work, case studies have the objective of applying and amplifying acquired knowledge, reflection, and discussion; consultation of environmental impact studies, public consultation and stimulation of debate, innovation and creativity.

    Use of active learning methodologies, namely: Case Study Analysis; Brainstorming; Role Play, Mentimeter, Flipped Learning, Mind Maps, Systemic Thinking, privileging the 4 C's of Education (Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Creativity).

    Continuous assessment with attendance of students to a minimum of 2/3 of the classes, completion of worksheets and group work, written and oral presentation, and debate. A frequency will be performed minimum grade 10(9,5). Works developed will have a weight of 60% in the evaluation and the frequency 40%.

    Written exame for unsuccessful students; minimum grade 10(9,5).

  • References


    Legislação aplicável

    IAIA, International Association for Impact Assessment / IEA - Institute of Environmental Assessment. (1999). Environmental Impact Assessment Best Practice Principles. Tradução portuguesa disponível em

    APAI (Associação Portuguesa de Avaliação de Impactes). (2008). Critérios de Boa Prática para o RNT. Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente.

    Canter, L. W. (2006). Environmental Impact Assessment. McGraw-Hill Education (ISE Editions).

    Capra, F. (2022). Padrões de Conexão. Cultix, São Paulo

    Capra, F., Luisi, P.L. (2019) A Visão Sistémica da Vida: uma Concepção Unificada. 3ª reimpressão, Cultrix, São Paulo.

    Miller, G.T. & Spoolman, E.S. (2021). Living in the Environment. Cengage.

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