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Shortcomings that the NSW Dept of Environment and Planning have observed in EISs:

  • presentation too complex or technical
  • insufficient information
  • obviously flattering presentation
  • poor information base
  • omission of information
  • irrelevant information
  • poor and unclear presentation
  • inadequate identification of impacts
  • inadequate identification of indirect and far reaching impacts
  • complicated systems of value judgements

Time constraints can also be a problem. Ecologically important but occasional or episodic phonomena, such as the breeding behaviour of organisms or floods in watercoruses can be missed in short surveys. Short studies present a static view of an ecosystem and neglects variation of distribution and abundance of species.

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