The Environmental Impact Assessment On The Environment And Development

751 Words May 13th, 2016 4 Pages
Sustainability is a controversial concept that has been pursued by humans for many generations. There are multiple definitions to sustainability, however, in the contexts of the environment and development, I would define it as: being efficient in quality production, but minimizing negative consequences of our actions. The overall goal of sustainable development is to reach a point where communities of plants, animals, micro-organisms, and their non-living surroundings to have the ability to sustain themselves. This goal is incredibly important to capitalize on because the environment and the ecosystems that thrive around us is what gives the earth resilience to future natural disasters, as well as provide humans with natural resources that are used in our daily lives.
Our ability of obtaining this goal is reliant on how we assess future projects as well as the impacts it has on its surrounding environment. The environmental impact assessment, created in 1969 and made law in 1970, is one of the most practical methods of assessment of environmental management tools in the world. It assesses the proposed projects’ impacts on the environment and arbitrates whether the benefits of the project outweigh the harm of the environment and the local people. It looks at whether the impacts are beneficial or detrimental, naturally reversible or irreversible, repairable with management practices or irrepairable, short term or long term impacts, temporary of continuous,…

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