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By Kees Bastmeijer and Timo Koivurova

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Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an environmental policy instrument that 'is considered a necessary tool in order to give the environment its proper place in the decision-making process by improving the quality of information to decision makers, so that environmentally sensitive decisions can be made paying careful attention to minimising impacts, improving the planning of activities and protecting the environment. This introductory chapter outlines the normative landscape of Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment (TEIA) both in general terms and in respect of each of the three parts of the book. It examines the status of TEIA in general international law and pays a good deal of attention to the no-harm principle. It, then takes up the normative development related to each of the three parts of the book. Finally, the chapter sets out the focus and scope of the book in more detail.

Keywords:environmental policy; international law; no-harm principle; normative development; Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment (TEIA)



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