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Quantifying Environmental Impact Assessments Using Fuzzy by Richard B. Shepard

By Richard B. Shepard

Fuzzy common sense allows humans getting ready environmental impression statements to quantify complex environmental, fiscal and social conditions.  This reduces the time and price of tests, whereas generating justifiable results. 

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In Part II an effective procedure to process subjective values, issues, and components to be incorporated into the environmental impact assessment is explained in detail. 4 Baseline Conditions Baseline conditions may also be referred to as the environmental setting, existing conditions, and other similar terms. The baseline conditions are the physical, chemical, biological, social, economic, and cultural setting in which the proposed project is to be located, and where local impacts (both positive and negative) might be expected to occur.

Efficient—the process should impose the minimum cost burdens in terms of time and finance on proponents and participants consistent with meeting accepted requirements and objectives of EIA. , the matters that need to be taken into account in making decisions. Adaptive—the process should be adjusted to the realities, issues and circumstances of the proposals under review without compromising the integrity of the process. It should be iterative by incorporating lessons learned throughout the proposal’s life cycle.

Participative—the process should provide appropriate opportunities to inform and involve the interested and affected publics, and their inputs and concerns should be addressed explicitly in the documentation and decision-making. Interdisciplinary—the process should ensure that the appropriate techniques and experts in the relevant biophysical and socioeconomic 14 2 General Principles disciplines are employed, including use of traditional knowledge as relevant. Credible—the process should be carried out with professionalism, rigor, fairness, objectivity, impartiality, and balance, and be subject to independent checks and verification.

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