Assessment of the Cumulative Effect of Activities in the Maritime Area: Overview of relevant legislation and proposal for a harmonised approach

C.C. Karman, R.H. Jongbloed

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Abstract

Despite all efforts to publish guidance documents on cumulative effects assessment, a common understanding of cumulative effects assessment (CEA) is still lacking, hampering the development of a transparent and widely (globally) accepted approach. In the meantime, environmental impact assessments of projects or plans often attempt to address the issue of cumulative effects but mainly at a highly qualitative level and incomparable to other environmental impact assessments. The objective of the study reported in this document is: 1) to prepare and overview on how cumulative effects assessment is implemented in international regulation; 2) to identify adequate coverage of maritime activities by these regulations; and 3) to develop a check-list of factors which should be considered in relation to cumulative impacts, leading to preliminary recommendations for a harmonised, effective and - preferably - pragmatic approach to CEA. The focus in this document is on environmental issues in the OSPAR area.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Helder
PublisherIMARES
Number of pages67
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameReport / IMARES Wageningen UR
PublisherIMARES
No.C018/08

Keywords

  • marine areas
  • northeast atlantic
  • environmental impact
  • effects
  • ecological assessment
  • assessment
  • quantitative methods
  • analytical methods
  • case studies

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