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This note aims to provide good practice guidance and suggestions on how to carry out Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) of tourism plans in Ireland. It responds to a recommendation by the Second Review of the Effectiveness of SEA in Ireland (EPA, 2020a).

The completion of the Environment Regulations highlights the Cook Island's commitment to sustainable development and environmental stewardship.

These CMS Family Guidelines on Environmental Impact Assessment for Marine Noise-generating Activities have been developed to present the Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practice (BEP), as called for in CMS Resolutions 9.19, 10.24 and 10.15, ACCOBAMS Resolution 5.15 and ASCO

Noise pollution is known to cause significant disturbance to marine wildlife, including migratory species protected under CMS such as whales and dolphins (and their prey). Such impacts can result in adverse changes to entire marine ecosystems.

Development of these Terms of Reference (ToRs) would not have been possible without the commitment of and contributions from different individuals and institutions.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a decision-making support tool to assess the impacts of various projects on the environment. This reports examines five significant indicators whose integration ensures a robust EIA system is in place.