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LAURANCE, William F.. Why environmental impact assessments often fail. Therya [online]. 2022, vol.13, n.1, pp.67-72.  Epub 08-Abr-2022. ISSN 2007-3364.

The environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a nearly universal instrument intended to limit or to offset the environmental tolls of development projects. Here, I describe some of the key shortcomings of EIAs in terms of their real-world application, especially in developing nations that harbor much of the world’s imperiled biodiversity. A surprisingly large number of EIAs suffer from major inaccuracies and some are green-lighting projects that will have serious environmental and societal costs. I summarize by proposing eight strategies to help improve the conservation capacities of EIAs.

Palavras-chave : Biodiversity protection; conservation; environmental threats; habitat loss; strategic environmental assessment; threatened species.

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