Environmental Management

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 161–166 | Cite as

Towards a systematic approach of effect prediction: A handbook as guide and aid for environmental prediction. A review

  • Robert Jeltes
  • Peter A. H. Hermens


Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is based on the results of effect prediction. In general, there is much diversity in the expertise in the field of environmental prediction between the different categories of actors involved in EIA. In practice it became obvious in The Netherlands that the accessibility and comprehensibility of existing relevant information was insufficient. For improvement, a series of systematic handbooks on effect prediction, useful for all categories of actors, has been developed in The Netherlands. In this way, the selection of effect prediction methods to be used in concrete circumstances is improved and speeded up for all parties involved in environmental prediction. After a discussion of the purpose of the handbook, the realization and structure of the series are presented. Finally, the use and (potential) benefits of the handbooks for environmental management are indicated.

Key words

Environment Impact assessment Methodology 


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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Jeltes
    • 1
  • Peter A. H. Hermens
    • 1
  1. 1.Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning and EnvironmentLeidschendamThe Netherlands

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