The aim of the project is to propose methodology that would describe the cause-effect relationship of environmental use and impact, and quantitatively measure the latter.
The analysis provides a description of the most significant environmental impacts stemming from environmental use (both universal and object-specific); offers methods for the quantitative measurement of environmental impact; and proposes suggestions to assess the significance of environmental impacts.
Work is conducted using DPSIR methodology – a causal framework that looks at environmental use, the resulting pressures, how these affect the state of environment and how the resulting environmental change impacts the people and environment.
The proposed methodology is empirically tested for Estonia in order to quantitatively measure the environmental impact for every possible form of environmental use.
Praxis is tasked with finding and testing the methods which assess the impact that environmental changes have on human health and welfare.
The project will be completed in spring 2017.