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Title: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in Azerbaijan
Author: Babayev, Ramiz
ISNI:       0000 0004 7970 4456
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2019
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An EIA is an internationally recognized decision-making support instrument applied in around 200 countries. Like in many countries, the EIA is applied in Azerbaijan as a tool for assessing and managing the impacts arising from development projects. Empirical studies are available from different countries on the performance of the instrument, however, in Azerbaijan, there is a dearth of research studies and no genuine attempt has been made to investigate the performance of the EIA instrument in order to understand whether it achieves its benefits. Thus, the primary aim of this study was to explore whether the EIA Practice in Azerbaijan results in its perceived benefits, and the role that the quality of environmental impact assessment reports as well as other country specific factors, play in this matter. The qualitative interviews were carried out with EIA stakeholders in Azerbaijan. Additionally, the quality of 30 EIA reports in the country has been reviewed by using the adapted Lee & Colley (1992) package. The findings of the study indicated that the quality of EIA reports prepared in Azerbaijan is "just satisfactory". Interviews conducted with the EIA stakeholders involved in the processes of those reviewed EIA reports in Azerbaijan revealed that the EIA was viewed as a decision-making support instrument, which in practice leads to certain benefits, such as better-informed decision-making, project modification, raising environmental awareness about the projects. The study results also showed that despite the quality of EIA reports instrument was able to achieve its perceived benefits in the country.
Supervisor: Fischer, Thomas Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral