Ecological Impact Assessment
Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) assesses the potential effects of a development on habitats and species; particularly those protected by national and international legislation or considered to be of particular nature conservation importance. EcIA is an integral part of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and also the Appropriate Assessment process.
ECOFACT are leaders in Ireland the provision of Ecological Impact Assessment services. We follow the guidelines for Ecological Impact Assessment provided by the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM).
We ensuring structured ecological input at all stages of project design and implementation and try to obtain the best possible outcomes for biodiversity, while remaining client focused.
We are experts in identifying and evaluating ecological features, characterising and quantifying impacts and assessing their significance, minimising negative impacts and maximising positive outcomes through the project design process, identifying legal and policy implications and their consequences for decision making; and identifying the role of stakeholders in achieving maximum benefits for biodiversity.
ECOFACT has extensive experience of carrying out EcIAs for a range of projects including: wind energy developments, small hydroelectric schemes, waste-to-energy plants, rail and road schemes; business park developments; housing schemes; smaller-scale industrial and quarry and mining projects.
The following services are provided by the Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) team:
- Expert ecological surveys to inform the EcIA;
- Determination of baseline ecological conditions and nature conservation evaluation;
- Assessment of potential direct, indirect and cumulative effects;
- Liaison with nature conservation consultees;
- Development of equitable mitigation measures;
- Determination of residual effects
Our EcIA team are also experts in the provision of reports to inform the Appropriate Assessment process.