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Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) applying Systems

Degree type
certificate
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
3 weeks
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Education type
Fulltime
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Accreditations
NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Enschede

Program description

In this course, you will explore how GIS, models and spatial decision support systems can be used to help to identify and structure the problem(s), find and compare possible solutions.

Ad hoc and often uncontrolled development initiatives can have undesired social, economic and ecological consequences. Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a legal procedure established to evaluate the consequences of proposed projects. Although by now EIA is acknowledged and legally embedded in most countries, practice has shown that EIA often occurs too late in the planning process. Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for policies, plans and programmes has evolved since the 1990s.

The key principles of EIA and SEA are the involvement of relevant stakeholders, a transparent and adaptive planning process, consideration of alternatives, and using the best possible information for decision and policy making. EIA and SEA therefore improve both the planning process and the information used in this process.

In this course, you will explore how GIS, models and spatial decision support systems can be used to help to identify and structure the problem(s), find and compare possible solutions, and monitor and evaluate the proposed activities.

Objectives
Introduction to EIA and SEA, explaining procedures, principles and steps involved, focusing on applications of systems analysis and GIS, and teaching skills for public involvement in the process.

Instruction modes
It is envisaged that approximately ¼ of the available study time will be allotted to (participatory) lectures, colloquia and other plenary meetings, ¼ to reading and self study, and ½ to individual and/or group assignments.

Curriculum
Scenario analysis, participatory modeling, participatory foresight, uncertainty, indicators and metrics, evaluation, optimization, spatial decision support and multi-criteria analysis.

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

BSc in a relevant field. Systems thinking, simulation modelling, GIS, basic statistics.

Professional experience

Knowledge of GIS and, disciplinary knowledge of problem domain, several years of professional experience is recommended

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.0, TOEFL computer based: 213, TOEFL internet based: 80, TOEFL paper based: 550, CAE: C1, CPE: C2

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