Impact Assessment and Environmental Rehabilitation

Academic year
Subject Area
Geological and Mining Engineering
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

Generic skills: a) instrumental - competences of analysis and synthesis; in organization and planning; in joint interdisciplinary content; to apply in practice theoretical knowledge already acquired; to solve problems; b) personal - critical thinking competence; skills in autonomous work and group work; c) systemic - skills in planning and research.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, theoretical-practical classes and field work. Teaching methods fall into: the Cognitive Model of Education - oral presentation with deductive strategies (presentation of a statement introductory organizer, progressive differentiation and integrative synthesis); critical teaching with the presentation and discussion of problems; research, with deductive and inductive strategies; Learning Interpersonal Models - research work group.

Learning Outcomes

This course aims to give: i) knowledge about environmental impact assessment studies; ii) skills for planning, management and implementation of environmental impact; iii) knowledge about environmental rehabilitation; iv) skills for planning of environmental rehabilitation projects.

From the point of view of knowledge, abilities and skills, the students should:

- To identify multidisciplinary concepts related to environmental projects;

- To know the objectives and cycle of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA);

- To know the environmental legislation;

- To distinguish different types of environmental impacts;

- To produce inventories, matrices and thematic mapping;

- To identify the actions inherent to a project;

- To elaborate an environmental impact study (EIS) on the abiotic components;

- To know different techniques of environmental rehabilitation;

- To know how to develop proposal for an environmental rehabilitation project.

Work Placement(s)



1 - General multidisciplinary concepts about environmental projects

2 - Environmental legislation and environmental impact assessment (EIA)

3 - Identification and characterization of environmental impacts.

4 - Environmental Impact Studies (EIS)

5 - Environmental Rehabilitation

6 - Specific problems related to mining - case studies.

Head Lecturer(s)

Joana Paula Machado Ribeiro

Assessment Methods

Frequency: 50.0%
Synthesis work: 50.0%


Partidário, M. R., Jesus, J. (2003). Fundamentos de Avaliação de Impacte Ambiental. Universidade Aberta. Lisboa. 252p.

Canter, L. W. (2003). Manual de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental. Técnicas para la elaboración de los estudios de impacto. 2Ed. McGraw Hill, 841p.

Carcedo, F. J., Fernadez, L., Jimeno, C., Maqua, M.P., Bombin, R., Gómez, M., Alonso, S., González, C. y Santos, J. (2004). Manual de Restauración de Terrenos y Evaluación de Impactos Ambientales en Mineria. ITGE, Série Guias y Manuales nº2, 360p.

Legislação ambiental aplicável em vigor.