Appropriate Assessment is an ecological assessment focused on how a plan or project may impact Natura 2000 sites. It is a requirement under Article 6(3) of the EU Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC). Natura 2000 sites are ecologically protected sites, designated under the Habitats Directive (Special Areas of Conservation) and Birds Directive (Special Protection Areas). Any plan or project which has the potential to impact designated Natura 2000 sites must be screened for Appropriate Assessment and there are four stages, which are:
Stage 1 – Screening Appropriate Assessment
Stage 2 – Natura Impact Statement
Stage 3 – Assessment of alternative solutions
Stage 4 – Assessment of Compensatory Measures
Verde staff are highly experienced and are qualified to carry out Appropriate Assessments. We have completed Appropriate Assessments and Natura Impact Statements (NIS) for numerous projects in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments across Ireland.