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Environmental Assessment



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Seit SS 2016

Fakultät VI

EB 5

Institut für Landschaftsarchitektur und Umweltplanung (ILaUP)

36351300 FG Umweltprüfung und Umweltplanung

Köppel, Johann

Klisch-Leder, Klaus

POS-Nummer PORD-Nummer Modultitel
20260 19767 Environmental Assessment
2347028 38729 Environmental Assessment

Learning Outcomes

The goal of this course is to enable students: to be able to apply the main instruments of environmental impact assessment in practical planning situations as based on fundamental knowledge prodvided in the bachelor's degree program, to gain expertese about the contents and planning processes of instruments such as impact mitigation regulation, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), EU Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), to recognize ecological needs and plan accordingly, and to identify interfaces with ecological disciplines, to be able to apply planning instruments both in domestic as well international arenas to be able to judge the different instruments in their effectiveness and know how to generate appropriate research when needed, to identify and formulate research approaches in the further development of planning instruments, to identify and analyze aspects of gender mainstreaming in planning processes. This course offers predominantly: Professional expertise 40% Methodological expertise 40% Systems thinking 10% Social competence 10%.


The module addresses impact mitigation regulation, EU Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) including the Appropriate Assessment (AA), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of plans and programs in Germany, Europe and beyond. Strategic Environmental Assessment will be discussed in the context of technical planning (e.g. road construction projects, waste management, etc.). In general, students will be supplied with research materials to facilitate a comparison of instruments such as impact mitigation regulation in Germany and the Wetland Mitigation Act in the United States, as well as different EU Habitat Regulations Assessment schemes across Europe. The scope of screening, the given “subjects of protection”, and the relevant decision-making processes comprise the initial focus of the module. Other subjects to be handled in the course include a supplementary landscape conservation plan, an Appropriate Assessment, an Environmental Impact Study (EIS), and finally an Environmental Report (document of the SEA) for technical planning. What planning and assessment methods can be applied and what subjects of protection should be considered? How can such necessary assessment questions be appropriately handled and how do these apply to relevant trends in impact assessment worldwide? In this sense reference to ecological issues such as biodiversity conservation should also be made. What is the role of public administration and public participation in national and international settings? Questions about monitoring and so- called “follow-up studies” will be addressed and examples of impact prevention, mitigation, and compensation will also be discussed. Recent international developments and requirements of various planning instruments will be presented, including, e.g. the expansion of test procedures to include a “Sustainability Appraisal” or the ability to use German planning expertise in the international arena. Finally, recent research topics and projects will be presented and discussed.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS VZ
Impact Mitigation and EU Habitat Regulation Assessment IV 0635100L04 WS English 2
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA and Strategic Environmental Assessment SEA) IV 0635100L00 WS English 2

Workload and Credit Points

Impact Mitigation and EU Habitat Regulation Assessment (IV):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Contact time 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Self guided study 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
90.0h(~3 LP)

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA and Strategic Environmental Assessment SEA) (IV):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Contact time 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Self guided study 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
90.0h(~3 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The integrated lecture is based on lecture blocks, which will be enriched with several practical exercises, short essay assignments, homework and literary research. Current German and English publications supplement the self-study aspect of the course. In the section on “Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)”, students will act out a planning game, in which participants take on different roles in a practice- oriented planning situation. Gender issues can also be integrated into the exercise. The final credits for the course component “Impact Mitigation Regulation and EU Habitats Regulations Assessment” will be arranged individually in agreement with the course instructor. Both course components are held in English.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Fundamental knowledge of the basics of environmental planning (Planning instruments, content and processes, legal frameworks)

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Oral exam




ca. 45 Minuten

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 45.

Registration Procedures

a) Registration for module: There will be a sign-up roster at the beginning of the course. b) Registration protocol for final examination: see examination regulations for Master’s Degree

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

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Recommended literature
Arbter, K. (2004): SUP – Strategische Umweltprüfung für die Planungspraxis der Zukunft. Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag. Wien-Graz.
Böhme, C.; Bruns, E.; Bunzel, A.; Herberg, A.; Köppel, J. (2005): Flächen- und Maßnahmenpools in Deutschland. Landwirtschaftsverlag. Münster.
Evert, K.-J. (2001): Lexikon Landschafts- und Umweltplanung. Springer. Heidelberg.
Gassner, E.; Winkelbrandt, A.; Bernotat, D. (2005): UVP – Rechtliche und fachliche Anleitung für die Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfung. C.F. Müller. Heidelberg.
Glasson, J.; Therivel, R.; Chadwick, A. (2005): Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment. 3rd Edition Routledge. Oxford.
Journals: Journal for Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung, UVP-Report
Köppel, J.; Peters, W.; Wende, W. (2004): Eingriffsregelung, Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfung, FFH-Verträglichkeitsprüfung. Ulmer UTB. Stuttgart.
Peters, W.; Siewert, W.; Szaramowicz, M. (2003): Folgenbewältigung von Eingriffen im internationalen Vergleich. Eigenverlag Bundesamt für Naturschutz (=BfN-Skripten. Bd. 82)
Rundcrantz, K.; Skärbäck, E.: Environmental Compensation in Planning: A Review of Five Different Countries with Major Emphasis on the German Systems. European Environment. Wiley Interscience. 13 (2003) p. 204-226.
Schmidt, M.; Joao, E.; Albrecht, E. (2005): Implementing Strategic Environmental Assessment. Springer. Heidelberg.
Wende, W.; Herberg, H.; Herzberg, A. (2005): Impact Mitigation Regulation. Journal for Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. Beech Tree Publishing. 23 (2005) 2, p. 101-111.
Wood, C. (2002): Environmental Impact Assessment – A Comparative Review. 2nd Edition. Prentice Hall/Pearson Education.

Assigned Degree Programs

This moduleversion is used in the following modulelists:

This module is mandatory for the Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning (Umweltplanung) and is offered as a mandatory-elective for Master’s Degrees in Urban Ecosystem Sciences and Landscape Architecture. The module is also suitable for students of Master’s Degree programs in Urban and Regional Planning and Urban Design, as well as 5th and 7th semester students in the Bachelor Ecology and Environmental Planning.


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