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26 June 2021
Advancing the Consideration of Ecological Connectivity in Environmental Impact Assessment
The objective of this special issue is to promote findings and emerging areas of research related to ecological connectivity in the EIA process and to foster bridges between researchers and practitioners. We consider the theme of ecological connectivity to include research exploring the relationships and interactions between landscape-level features (e.g., habitat amount, configuration, matrix quality, fragmentation) and wildlife movement, survival, and gene flow at different temporal and spatial scales. We are especially interested in manuscripts that assess current practice of connectivity consideration, identify existing gaps and obstacles, or provide recommendations for improving EIA guidelines, techniques, and legislation related to ecological connectivity.
The special issue would cover a range of topics relating to:
- tools used to measure and assess ecological connectivity within EIA, SEA, REA;
- EIA policy related to ecological connectivity;
- existing gaps and obstacles in the EIA process and opportunities for integrating ecological connectivity into EIA practice;
- the importance of scale for conducting analysis of ecological connectivity in EIA
- case examples of good or bad practice;
- the role of connectivity assessment in EIA for determining appropriate mitigation of fragmentation effects.
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Please note that full papers should be between 5,000 to 8,000 words long (including references). Short 'letters' between 1500-2000 words are also welcome. Papers submitted for this special issue should comply with the style and format of papers published in Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal (IAPA). For additional detail and instructions, please consult the guidelines for authors on the journal website.
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