Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
This Master Thesis “Evaluation of Environmental Impact Assessment procedure for thecoastal zone development in Lithuania and Sweden” was done in the Master’s Programme inSustainable Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).
The process of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is one of the most important steps inthe coastal planning process. It is a procedure designed to identify the potential consequencesfor nature and the environment arising from development. This information is then used bydecision makers to assess whether or in what form proposed activities should go forward.
The main aim of this report was to compare Environmental Impact Assessment procedurefrom legal and practical point of view in Lithuania and Sweden. Public participation in EIAprocedure was an important issue to analyse, compare and discuss between two countries.
To be able to do this, a lot of factors were taken into consideration and were described anddiscussed in this Thesis Work. General characteristics of the regions, harbours, environmentalmanagement systems were important issues to make analysis more clear and informative.
Two EIA reports from Klaipeda, by one from Loudden and Bergs harbours was used as casestudies to describe and compare EIA process in Lithuania and Sweden in practice. Thequestionnaire for Lithuanian stakeholders revealed their familiarity, knowledge and opinionsabout Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment tools. Alsosome recommendations for improvements of EIA as it’s related to the costal zonemanagement and suggestions for further studies were done.
2006. , 124 p.