Appropriate Assessment is an ecological assessment focused on how a plan or project may impact Natura 2000 sites. It is a requirement under Article 6(3) of the EU Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC). Natura 2000 sites are ecologically protected sites, designated under the Habitats Directive (Special Areas of Conservation) and Birds Directive (Special Protection Areas). Any plan or project which has the potential to impact designated Natura 2000 sites must be screened for Appropriate Assessment. The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) provides an online mapping tool which provides the location of all Natura 2000 sites and can be viewed here.
There are 4 No. stages to appropriate assessment which are:
> Stage 1 – Screening Appropriate Assessment
> Stage 2 – Natura Impact Statement
> Stage 3 – Assessment of alternative solutions
> Stage 4 – Assessment of Compensatory Measures
Rowan Engineering Consultants have an experienced team with Ecological Expertise who can assist your Appropriate Assessment projects. For more information on Appropriate Assessment, and how we can assist you, please contact us.