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Environmental Effect - Definition

Any change that a project or activity may cause in the environment, including any effect of any such change in:

  • the quality of soil, water and air
  • biodiversity and the condition/quality of habitats
  • human health
  • socio-economic conditions
  • physical and cultural heritage
  • the current use of lands and resources for traditional purposes
  • any structure, site or thing that is of historical, archaeological, palaeontological or architectural significance

An outcome, result, or consequence to the environment brought about by some force, project, or action. Primary (direct) impacts are generally caused by action inputs (such as road construction, buildings etc). Secondary (indirect) impacts commonly result from action outputs, (such as improved access leading to overload of recreation visitors).

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