Developing Skills in Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)
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Developing Skills in Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)

When: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
9:00 AM
Where: Holiday Inn Express Duxford
43 Station Road East
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire  CB22 4NL
United Kingdom

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A two-day practical course aimed at those practitioners who have existing experience of undertaking EcIAs and wish to develop those skills further. The course will follow the approach to EcIA set out in CIEEM’s guidelines, and will focus on the terrestrial (rather than the marine) environment.

The focus will be on delivering teaching through a combination of powerpoint presentations and workshops, with attendees working through a variety of relatively straightforward case study examples (all relating to terrestrial ecology). 

This course will cover all aspects of EcIA, including the basic concepts of scoping and baseline (these areas are covered in more detail in the Level 1 EcIA course). Attendees will therefore be expected to have some knowledge of the legislation and policy drivers behind EcIA, and practical experience of undertaking ecological surveys.This course includes a session on how to present the outcomes of EcIAs in a report.


Who Should Attend?

  • Ecological consultants with some (limited) experience of EcIA
  • Ecologists with experience of undertaking EcIAs but who want to review how their understanding of the process fits with the approach used by others

Those who have previously attended the level one course and wish to recap and extend their understanding of EcIA.

Note: Those with no experience of EcIA should consider the level 1 course. Practitioners with more than 5 years’ experience of undertaking EcIAs should consider the level 3 course instead. Please see course listings for dates/venues of all upcoming EcIA training.

Those attending will be expected to have gained some practical experience of EcIA.

There is overlap in course material between all 3 levels of EcIA course. It is not expected that someone who has attended the level 1 course would also attend the level 2 course in the same year, but would gain some additional practical experience of EcIA before attending the level 2 course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Improved understanding of what EcIA is, the main legal and policy drivers behind it, as well as the main steps/stages and how these fit with EIA.
  • Improved understanding of the terms ‘scoping’, ‘Zone of Influence’ and ‘baseline’ and how these relate to the EcIA process.
  • Ability to identify important ecological features following the CIEEM EcIA guidelines’ geographical scale.
  • Ability to characterise impacts and determine significance of effects following the CIEEM guidelines’ approach.
  • Understanding of the terms mitigation, compensation and enhancement, and where these fit in the EcIA process.
  • Basic understanding of how an EcIA should be presented in a report following CIEEM’s current guidance on Ecological Report Writing

Tickets and Booking

Cost for CIEEM members: £395 per person

Cost for non-members £445 per person

Note that the ticket price includes lunch on both days, as well as tea/coffee

For more information, and to book a place, click the link and visit the CIEEM website

Professional bodies licensed to award the Chartered Environmentalist registration:

Society for the Environment
EC1.1 Enterprise Centre, Puma Way 
Coventry, West Midlands CV1 2TT.
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