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Appropriate Assessment

RPS has significant experience in the AA process and preparation of Habitats Directive Article 6 Reports and Natura Impact Statements (NIS).

Appropriate Assessment is a focused and detailed assessment of the implications of a plan or project, alone or in combination with other plans and projects, on the integrity of Natura 2000 sites in view of their conservation objectives.

Our expertise allows us to undertake AA in a comprehensive, scientific, professional and objective manner from assessment of site-specific projects to assessment of national plans, programmes and strategies. We also provide training in the AA process. Our expertise and efficient delivery in this area has ensured repeat business in both the public and private sectors.

RPS possesses the requisite ecological expertise and experience, supplemented as necessary by expertise in additional areas including:

Strategic Environmental Assessment

Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental liability

Hydrological & morphological assessment

River & estuarine modelling

Coastal process modelling

Water quality modelling

Translocation of habitats and species

Geographical Information Systems

Habitat restoration

Stakeholder engagement

Landscape & visual assessment

Noise assessment

Air Quality assessment

Waste & environmental management

Civil & structural engineering

Traffic management

Case Studies

AA for the New Major Sources Water Supply Project – Dublin Region

AA for the New Major Sources Water Supply Project - Dublin Region

Dublin City Council

Ireland

RPS was appointed to carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) of the development of the New Major Sources Water Supply for the Greater Dublin Region.

The purpose of the Plan was to assess the long-term water supply needs of the Dublin Region (Water Supply Area) in the context of projected economic growth strategies for the region and current / projected water supply & demand management initiatives.

In addition, examine alternative river catchment sources (River Boyne, Barrow, Slaney, Suir and Shannon) and recommend a preferred new water supply scheme (to meet long-term water supply needs) and evaluate the technical, environmental, economic and socio-economic (stakeholder) aspects of the new scheme. Ten water supply options were subsequently examined in detail and were tabled for public consultation. These included alternative river sources and desalination in Dublin Bay.

The recommended preferred option emerged from a detail option assessment process which included technical, environmental, economic, socio-economic and risk assessments combined with analysis of significant feedback from stakeholders and the general public in respect of the options.

EPA Environmental Liability Directive

EPA Environmental Liability Directive

Environmental Protection Agency

Ireland

RPS has developed Guidance Documents and Assessment Tools for the Environmental Protection Agency on Environmental Liability Risk Assessment (ELRA), Residual Management Plans (RMP) and Financial Provision (FP).

The project involved three main stages:

International review of Best Practice in North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Continental Europe

Development of Guidance Documents and Assessment Tools for Licensees and EPA Inspectors

Development and delivery of a training programme to Inspectors and Licensees across the country


As part of the project, RPS developed an innovative way to streamline the assessment and reporting process for licensed facilities by creating a risk-screening methodology to simplify the overall process for low and medium risk facilities.

Freshwater Pearl Mussel Sub-Basin Management Plans

Freshwater Pearl Mussel Sub-Basin Management Plans

Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Ireland

RPS was commissioned by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to develop 27 Freshwater Pearl Mussel Sub-Basin Management Plans for the waters designated for protection under EU legislation in 2009.

RPS carried out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) of the 27 Plans. The Plans are an important part of the delivery of Ireland’s commitments under both the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive. Although the Plans will contribute toward management of designated Natura 2000 sites, screening for AA identified the potential for indirect impacts on other protected species such as kingfisher as a result of implementation of the measures. As a result, an AA was undertaken and a Natura Impact Statement was produced together with the SEA and the 27 Plans.