This page contains several downloadable resources aimed at providing examples of different aspects of Environmental Impact Assessment. Click to download any of the below (pdf format).

EIA Case Studies

See how the EIA process was carried out in the following case studies of real-life EIAs from 2 different countries and sectors:

The Social Side of EIA

In most countries the EIA legislation mandates some form of public participation during the EIA process. This resource provides an overview of Public Consultation illustrated by a case study on participation and the rights of indigenous communities in EIAs:

There is increasing recognition in EIAs of the importance of assessing the social impacts and consequences of development projects and alternatives. This has been formulated in a standardized procedure called a Social Impact Assessment:

Practical steps and structures for EIA and EMP

Set up during the Scoping step, the TOR serves as structure for what an EIA will contain. This pdf provides guidance on TORs for three different organizations: FAO, USAID, and the Government of Guatemala:

The following resource summarizes key aspects of EIA legislation in Honduras and provides details on Environmental Management Plans (EMP) in general and in Honduras:

This resource presents a series of typical questions that reviewers use to assess a submitted EIA or EMP, in order to decide whether or not the project should be given an operating licence:

Impact Assessment

This resource outlines several methods for assessing impacts, including expert judgment, quantitative physical and mathematical models, cumulative impact assessment, matrices and interaction diagrams, Rapid Impact Assessment Matrix (RIAM), and the Battelle Environmental Evaluation System:

The Leopold Matrix is a commonly used impact assessment tool which is currently mandated for EIAs in Honduras. This is a detailed explanation of how to implement it:

A group of EIA practitioners and policymakers gathered for an EIA workshop in Honduras (March, 2016) and compiled this list of protocols, guides and standards for EIA projects relevant to Central American countries, and in specific, Honduras:

This short article explains that the first step to climate change adaptation (CCA) is to identify climate change impacts. It also provides a case example of how CCA and biodiversity protection can be integrated into EIAs:

Indicators for Monitoring

This resource provides 35 key indicators for monitoring environmental, sectoral and socioeconomic impacts of development projects:

This case study describes indicators used in the China Hai Basin Integrated Water and Environmental Management project:

This case study on the Red River Delta of Vietnam describes the indicators and methods used for mitigating and monitoring water pollution: