Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies @ University of Bucharest

CoEIA

Project title / Titlul proiectului: Benefits and constraints of joint decision making in Romania. From public participation to collaborative Environmental Impact Assessment / Beneficiile și constrângerile luării deciziilor de comun acord în România. De la participarea publicului la procedura colaborativă de Evaluare a Impactului asupra Mediului

Project number: PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2019-1039

Contract no.: TE 51/28.08.2020

Funding body: Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)

Budget: 431.900 RON

Period: 2020-2022

Research team / Echipa de cercetare

Andreea Niță – Principal investigator coordinator

Laurentiu Rozylowicz – Senior researcher

Mihai Răzvan Niță – researcher

Athanasios Alexandru Gavilidis – Post-doctoral researcher

Constantina Alina Hossu – Post-doctoral researcher

Cristina Mitincu – Ph.D. student

Aim / Scop

The goal of the project is to develop a novel framework for increasing the effectiveness and accuracy of the Environmental Impact Assessment process by exploring the interplay between actors and providing practical solutions for a proper collaboration for sustainable development.

Specific objectives / Obiective

– to investigate the EIA studies quality and identify the roles of EIA actors within every stage of the procedure to positively influence the EIA outcome;

– to identify the main benefits, issues and common conflicts of the EIA procedure at national and international level;

– to identify the predictors of successful and participatory EIA, by analyzing the efficiency, constraints, and hierarchy of involved actors;

– to evaluate the fragmentation and connectedness of EIA networks, by identifying critical network hubs and opportunities to strengthen connections, using state-of-the-art multilevel models for cross-sectional EIA networks.

– to assess strategic networking opportunities, predict alternative network scenarios, fortify the linkages between decision-makers, practitioners, and stakeholders at international, national, and local levels.

Main results / Rezultate

Articles / Articole

Patru-Stupariu I., Nita A. (2022) Impacts of the European Landscape Convention on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. Landscape Ecology

Nita A., Fineran S., Rozylowicz L. (2022) Researchers’ perspective on the main strengths and weaknesses of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 92, 106690

Urziceanu M., Anastasiu P., Rozylowicz L., Sesan T. (2021) Local-scale impact of wind energy farms on rare, endemic, and threatened plant species. PeerJ 9, e11390

Nita A., Treur J., Rozylowicz L. (2021) Integrating Multilevel Adaptive Models to Develop Systematic, Transparent, and Participatory EIA Practice. In: Silhavy R., Silhavy P., Prokopova Z. (eds) Data Science and Intelligent Systems. CoMeSySo 2021. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 231. Springer, Cham.

Nita A., Rozylowicz L. (2020) Dynamics of the international environmental treaties – perspectives for future cooperation. Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, Pages: 549-556, DOI: 10.1109/ASONAM49781.2020.9381333

Conferences / Conferințe

2021

Mitincu, C.G., Iojă, I.C., Hossu, C.A., Nita, A., 2021. Enhancing the quality of EIA reports: A focus on urban projects from Romania. The 2nd International Conference: Geographical Sciences and Future of Earth. 12-13 November 2021. Bucharest. Romania. Virtual event. Oral presentation.

Nita, A., Treur, J., Rozylowicz, L. 2021. Integrating Multilevel Adaptive Models to develop systematic, transparent, and participatory EIA practice. CoMeSySo 2021 – 5th Computational Methods in Systems and Software 2021, October 13, 2021 – October 15, 2021. Virtual event – Online presentation.

Mitincu, C.G., Iojă, I.C., Nita, A, Hossu, C.A., 2021. Stakeholders’ engagement on nature-based solutions: Insights from Romania. The 9th World Sustainability Forum – WSF2021. 13-15 September 2021. Basel. Switzerland. Virtual event. Poster presentation.

Mitincu, C.G., Niță, M.R., Nita, A., 2021. River water run deep – collaboration and conflicts in the EIA procedure for small hydropower projects. International Conference „Present Environment and Sustainable Development”. XVI-th edition. 18-19 June 2021. Iași. Romania. Virtual event. Oral presentation.

Nita, A., Rozylowicz, L., Fineran, S., 2021. Researchers’ perspective on main benefits and issues of EIA procedure. IAIA21 Smartening Impact Assessment in Challenging Times.18-21 May 2021 – Virtual event, Oral presentation.

Hossu, C.A., Mitincu, C.G., Nita, A., 2021. Assessing the quality of Romania’s environmental impact assessment reports. Trends of impact assessment in developing countries. IAIA21 Smartening Impact Assessment in Challenging Times.18-21 May 2021 – Virtual event, Oral presentation.

Gavrilidis, A.A, Nita A.A., 2021. Hidden links between Covid19 global pandemic and the Impact Assessment. Public participation in the Digital Age: Are we hearing you? IAIA21 Smartening Impact Assessment in Challenging Times.18-21 May 2021 – Virtual event –  Oral presentation.

Nita, A., Rozylowicz, L. 2021. Exploring network approaches to highlight trends and perspectives of international cooperation for the environment. The 3rd North American Social Networks Conference (NASN). January 25-27 2021. Virtual event – Oral presentation.

2020

Nita A., Rozylowicz L. (2020) Dynamics of the international environmental treaties – perspectives for future cooperation. 2020 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), 7-10 December, The Hague, Netherlands (virtual)

Mitincu C.G., Hossu. A., Gavrilidis A., Nita M.R., Nita A. (2020) Benefits and constraints of joint decision making in Romania. From public participation to collaborative Environmental Impact Assessment. The 2nd International Conference on “Re-shaping Territories, Environment and Societies: New Challenges for Geography” 20 – 21 November, Bucharest, Romania

Gavrilidis A.A., Mirea A., Niță A., Motoiu G.A., Magdici M. (2020) Assessing the media portrayal of high-profile investments in relation with the Environmental Impact Assessment procedure, The 2nd International Conference on “Re-shaping Territories, Environment and Societies: New Challenges for Geography” 20 – 21 November, Bucharest, Romania

Mitincu C.G., Iojă I.C., Hossu C.A., Artmann M., Niță A., Niță M.R., (2020) Content analysis as a tool for evaluating the sustainability of environmental permits, The 8th European Environmental Evaluators Network Forum (EEEN2020) Environmental Evaluation Supporting the Implementation of SDGs and Transformative Policymaking, 4-5 November, Finnish Environment Institute, Online

Nita. A., Hossu A.C., Mitincu C.G., Gavrilidis A.A., Niță M.R. (2020) Multilateral agreements cooperation to minimize environmental impact (poster presentation). ELI/IALE Conference, 6-8 September, Bucharest, Romania

Reports / Rapoarte

Report 2021

Report 2020