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Internationalisation and Standardisation of European Environmental Assessment: Relevance to India

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paola Gazzola


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This paper discusses the rationale underlying 'PENTA', an EU funded Erasmus Mundus project. In doing so, it explores the challenges of internationalising and standardising European environmental assessment (EA) practice and education to a third country audience, looking at India as a case study. It is argued that the EU EA Directives are influencing the development of EA systems internationally, leading to a standardisation of the way in which EA is practiced. The so-called Bologna process is especially playing a crucial role in leading to the standardisation of European higher education and the EU's marketing initiatives are generating effects of internationalisation. Within this context, it is argued that an internationalised and standardised approach to EA education could improve the effectiveness of EA practice in both the developing and developed nations, and ultimately help address the environmental challenges that the world is facing today. However, harmonisation and standardisation challenges must be taken into account at an international and national level, as an internationalised EA curriculum such as that proposed by PENTA must nevertheless be relevant to different policy planning and cultural contexts.

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Author(s): Gazzola P, Jha-Thakur U

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environmental Education Research

Year: 2009

Volume: 15

Issue: 6

Pages: 625-641

ISSN (print): 1350-4622

ISSN (electronic): 1469-5871

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/13504620903225653


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