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Project description and aims
This project aims to identify best practices and to provide guides/tools, such as check-lists and ascertainment plans, to enhance capability of Competent Authorities and other stakeholders in promptly and effectively evaluating the environmental events and determining the clues and the evidences of environmental damage in different situations.
There is a variety of environmental events, such as environmental incidents, environmental non-compliances and environmental offences, considered by European and national laws, requiring different Competent Authorities to promptly and effectively determine clues and evidence of possible environmental damage, pursuant to Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) or not subject to ELD.
This diversity of situations and ascertaining methods is likely to have sometime resulted in inconsistent and inefficient actions in finding clues and evidence of possible environmental damage and, thus, to the failure in effectively preventing and mitigating the damage.
It is evident that, with a proper planning of ascertainment actions, the success of preventive or remedial measures can be strengthened and possibly improved.
Preparations for and planning of the environmental ascertainments to be conducted by the Competent Authorities and/or by operators, could benefit from criteria for the assessment of the environmental damage and threat of damage.
Thus, the project objective is to recommend the best practices to implement for an investigation adequate to ensure immediate prevention and effective remediation of the environmental damage.
Outputs and outcomes:
A guide including best practices, check-lists and ascertainment plans of the environmental damage.
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