Instruments of environmental planning in modern Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) are essential for decision making processes – this was exemplified by a Simulation of participation procedure: Case study “By-pass road around Wolbeck/Germany”. The focus was team work to find joint solutions of the most environmentally sound road location. Main environmental conflicts in the planning process were considered on several roles of residential areas, green residential areas, conservation resource for fauna and flora, soil, water, climate/air, historical land use and more. With prognosis of impacts, some intensely discussed decisions were presented. In conclusion, a solution of the project was presented on the map, but debates continued significantly into the well deserved lunch break.
Thanks to Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wende from the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development for the material and putting us in a real environmental impact assessment career, gaining an insight for caring all stakeholders as self-played as decision makers, inhabitants and project sponsors in the planning case.
Report & photographs by Mehri Sadat Alavinasab (Iran)