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Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment: the Nordic Environmental Protection Convention

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The Nordic Environmental Protection Convention (NEPC) has been with us for over 30 years already, having been signed in 1974. This chapter begins with an outline of the transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures which the NEPC sets out. In order to show the particular nature of these procedures, they will then be compared to the obligations laid out in the main transboundary EIA Convention, the Espoo Convention. The chapter also reviews how the transboundary EIA procedures have been applied in practice. The focus then shifts to a single case - the Vuotos reservoir - that illustrates well the interplay between different transboundary EIA conventions. Finally, the chapter analyses the effects of the NEPC on the practice of transboundary EIA and discusses the future of the transboundary EIA of the NEPC now that the Espoo Convention is in force between all state parties to the NEPC.

Keywords:Espoo Convention; Nordic Environmental Protection Convention (NEPC); transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment



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