Environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been a significant development in environmental management over the last two decades. Consequently, it has been an important element of the research of the International Institute for Environment and Society (Internationales Institut für Umwelt und Gesell-schaft-IIUG), a constituent research unit of the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), almost since its inception in 1977. During that time, a number of IIUG research fellows, visiting research workers and outside organizations involved in collaborative ventures with the IIUG have investigated various aspects of EIA.
The present volume draws together much of the experience of past and present research fellows of the IIUG, augmented with contributions from outside experts. Collectively, the work represents the views of a distinguished group of authors widely acknowledged to be amongst the leading experts in their respective fields. The result is an authoritative text which I am pleased to commend to what I hope will be a wide audience. The book should especially appeal to those involved in the day-to-day application of EIA, as well as to those currently undertaking courses in the environmental sciences, planning, resource management and political science at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Berlin, UDO E.SIMONIS
December 1986 Director, IIUG