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All forms of development will require environmental management plans. RICS methodologies provide a number of management plans and assessments that enhance any specific development or revenue creation initiatives. Increasingly  sustainability assessments are  replacing the more traditional and one dimensional environmental impact assessments and consider the social, environmental and economic impacts of any particular site simultaneously in order to ascertain a true measure of impact.  This can include a range of techniques depending on circumstances including 


Sustainability Assessment (SA)

Ecological Impact Assessments (EIA)

Biodiversity Impact Assessments (BIA)

Construction & Environmental Management Plans (CEMP)

Biological Action Plan (BAP)

An ecological Impact Assessment methodology comprises of:

Initial scoping surveys of site and surrounding area with the identification of the likely zone of influence


Evaluation of ecological resources and features likely to be affected


Review of contextual information including national and local  planning policies and biodiversity action plans


Assessment of ecological effects and impacts of the proposals


Recommendations of habitat management, enhancement and restoration.

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