School of Economics, Business Administration and Legal Studies, MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability
dissertation was written as
part of the MSc in
Environmental Management and Sustainability
at the International Hellenic University.
Discussions about the future of the global environment, occur nowadays in a daily basis.
Political debates, sustainable development policies applied by global organizations
which aim to develop environmental friendly products and society’s awareness about
environmental issues are the “hottest topics”. In addition, misinformation, lack of
knowledge/expertise (regarding consumer’s view) and also ideological arguments (societal differentiations) hinder any progress made on these problems for the last fifty years.
positive or negative
which derive from
the process of a project
planning, the implementation of a political framework or governmental program, are overlapped by the protocols of
the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA
each decision maker is willing to take into
to the environment
the procedure of deciding whether
to proceed or not
the implementation of
is about to begin
, is of major
magnitude for the successful as
sessment of EIA.
EIA made its appearance back in 1970s in the U.S.
and since then is
a “tool” to man-
the impacts on society
of different activities and procedures (including all types of business and industry plans).
As environmental concern raised
awareness about society’s wellbeing, the mentality of Social Impact Assessment was developed in order to address this need. Subsequently, SIA
concept of EIA
a subcategory of EIA an
d has been in
corporated by several
in order to assess or manage any affections caused by any kind of activities
towards the populations, groups, and any other kind of social group. SIA
is often integrated in an
report, but it has not yet been as widely recognized as a managerial tool
to assess social impacts.
regarding assessment aspects
and future act
sustainability issues constitute a