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Assignment No.1 (35%) EIA and Soft Tools
Q1. Using the article “Revisiting the Limits to Growth After Peak Oil” provided in the class summarise key learnings in terms of limit to growth. What are the means by which Australia is now tackling these issues? (4%)
Q2. Describe the steps one needs to follow to obtain approval for a project that requires EIA in one of your chosen state. Please choose the state as per the guide below. If you want to change some steps in the procedure what would you change? (5%)
State selection guide: NSW (ID ending in 0-1), SA (ID ending in 2-3), VIC (ID ending in 3-4), QLD (ID ending in 5-6, WA (7-9).
Q3. How did practitioners overcome the pitfalls of EIA? Select two pitfalls to answer your question. Use journal articles/book chapters (other than the one given in the class) to describe this. (4%)
Q4. Consider a development activity (other than that is considered in the workshop) in a square kilometre area (pick up any site using Google map, except the one used in the workshop) within Australia and conduct environmental impact assessment. Your
EIA should include all the steps taught in the class. Every step will be marked equally. You should show your progress in the class and the sketch/handwriting/half workouts within the class should be signed and submitted with the report. If you have uploaded the files you don’t have to submit them with the assignment (12%). The report structure and referencing style will attract 3% of the mark.
Q5. Soft tools are very important in changing the behaviour of public. Design a strategy (especially one or more soft tools and associated modifications) to control the following behaviour depending on the digit your ID is ending. Your answer should include research on strategies adopted in other countries of similar socioeconomic status to the country you are designing the strategy. (7%)
The strategy should not be stand-alone but include the associated modifications needed. For example, just increasing oil price to encourage public transport use is not sufficient, you need an efficient public transport too.
ID ending in Design strategy based on soft tools for
0 Reducing congestion on a specific section of a road
1 Reducing energy demand from consumers at peak time
2 Reducing carbon emissions from factories
3 Reducing carbon emissions from vehicles
4 Reducing water consumption
5 Reduction of solid waste from households
6 Reduction of packaging
7 Reduction of plastic waste
8 Encouraging the purchase of green products
9 Encouraging minimal use of fertilisers
All referred materials should be cited. If you are working with another student it should be specified.

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