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2016 (EN)
Social Impact Assessment (EN)

Skampeltzis, Panagiotis (EN)

School of Economics, Business Administration and Legal Studies, MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability (EN)
Banias, Georgios (EN)
Achillas, Charisios (EN)
Sartzetakis, Eftyxios (EN)

This 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. However, these positive or negative environmental consequences 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 ). The insurance that each decision maker is willing to take into consideration the possible impacts to the environment when the procedure of deciding whether to proceed or not with the implementation of a project 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- age the impacts on society and environment 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 is originated from the broader concept of EIA , constitutes a subcategory of EIA an d has been in corporated by several countries 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 EIA report, but it has not yet been as widely recognized as a managerial tool to assess social impacts. Finally, ongoing developments regarding assessment aspects and future act suggestions about sustainability issues constitute a primary purpose for SIA. (EN)


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International Hellenic University (EN)



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