EIAs and support tools

The duration of this course can be one to three days depending on your needs. The course provides you with an understanding of an EIA, its structure and implementation. You will be given an overview of the various types of environmental impacts and their supporting tools. Finally, you will be introduced to the Rapid Impact Assessment Matrix (RIAM - developed by DHI), receive a copy of the software as well as be trained in using it.

EIAs have always suffered from subjective judgements that are difficult to quantify and present, leading to the criticism of EIA as a tool with insufficient transparency.

Good EIAs are based upon decision support tools, knowledge and skills. EIAs have developed into a universal tool for planning and have become mandatory, in one form or another, in all industrialised countries and in many developing countries. Accordingly, it is important to achieve a good understanding of EIAs and the decision support tools supporting EIAs, such as RIAM.


  • Fundamentals of EIAs
  • EIA and legislation
  • Learning the steps of an EIA
  • Public participation
  • Mitigating measures
  • Pit-falls
  • The RIAM software package
  • Using RIAM in case studies
  • Hands-on exercises
  • Overview of supporting MIKE by DHI software


Professionals working with EIAs, either as authorities receiving EIAs or consultants carrying out EIAs.

The typical professional is an engineer, biologist, geographer, or other natural or social scientist. It is an advantage, but no condition, that participants are acquainted with the functionalities of EIAs.