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close this bookConducting Environmental Impact Assessment in Developing Countries (UNU, 1999, 375 pages)
close this folder4. EIA methods
close this folder4.3 Matrix
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View the document4.3.1 Descriptive matrix
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View the document4.3.4 The component interaction matrix
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4.3.5 Advantages of the matrix approach

· A matrix presentation has a better structure framework than the checklist approach. In fact, it makes a summarized analytical presentation of the project and environment-related checklists.

· Matrix structure allows for speculation of impact characteristics, albeit in a subjective way. This provides a gradation in the impacts, thereby providing a focus for further studies, verification, or discussions. It also helps in making priorities on some mitigation measures which are estimated to alleviate the impacts speculated.

· It presents an easily understood summary of a large number of primary impacts.

· It is a generalized but well defined approach, forcing a comprehensive consideration of environmental components and primary impacts.

· It is an easily performed process which can specify the overall character of a project early in the design phase.

· In an extended form, the method can include information about many impact attributes, and clarify the assumptions supporting the assessments.

· Matrices have low resource requirements.