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Afghanistan Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Environment Law, 2007 (unofficial translation) Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2008 National Administrative Guidelines for the Preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments
Australia - NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) (EPA) Environment, Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (NSW)(EPAR)
Belize Environmental Protection Act, 2000; Environmental Protection (Amendment) Act, 2009 Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, Environmental Impact Assessment (Amendment) Regulations, 2007 Procedures Manual for the Preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in Belize (The EIA Preparers Manual)
Bolivia Ley de Medio Ambiente (Act of the Environment) and Decreto Supremo No 24176, of December 8th 1995 Reglamento de Control y Prevención Ambiental (Regulations of Environmental Control and Protection)
Botswana Environmental Assessment Act, 2011 Environmental Assessment Regulations, 2012
Brazil Brazilian Constitution, Art. 225 sec. 1(IV); Supplementary Law No. 140 of 2011; Federal Law 6938 of 1981, Decree 99.274/1990; Federal Law 9.985/2000, Decree 4340/2002, Federal Law 10.650/2003 Resolutions of the National Environment Council - CONAMA 01/1986; 06/1987; 09/1987; 01/1988; 237/1997; 279/2001 Regulatory Instructions and Ordinances issued by Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente and state environmental agencies
British Columbia, Canada Environmental Assessment Act Public Consultation Policy Regulation, B.C. Reg. 373/2002; Reviewable Projects Regulation, B.C. Reg. 370/2002 Environmental Assessment Office User Guide (June 2015)
China Law of the People's Republic of China on Evaluation of Environmental Effects Chinese Plan Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2009 (unofficial translation; applies to government plans only) EIA Guidelines - Atmospheric Environment (available in Chinese)
Colombia Law 99 of 1993 as amended by Act 1450 of 2011 (National Development Plan) Decree 2041 of 2014 Handbook on Environmental Impact Studies (2002) (still used though it does not incorporate new revisions to the law)
Costa Rica Organic Act of the Environment 7554 (Ley Orgánica del AmbienteGeneral No. 7554) Regulations on Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures, Decree 31849-2004 (Reglamento General sobre los Procedimientos de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental, Decreto 31849-2004). Guidelines of Technical Tools for the Environmental Impact Assessment Process Part II, Executive Decree 32712-MINAE-2005 (Manual de Instrumentos Técnicos para el Proceso de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental Parte II, Decreto Ejecutivo 32712-MINAE-2005). Guidelines of Technical Tools for the Environmental Impact Assessment Process Part IV, Executive Decree 32966-MINAE-2006 (Manual de Instrumentos Técnicos para el Proceso de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental Parte IV, Decreto Ejecutivo 32966-MINAE-2006)
Egypt Law for the Protection of the Environment (Law 4/1994, as amended by Law 9/2009) (english translation) Executive Regulations (Arabic only) Guidelines of Principles and Procedures for Environmental Impact Assessment (2009) & EIA Guidelines for various sectors
England and Wales Town and Country Planning Act 1990 The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 Circular 02/99: Environmental impact assessment
Estonia Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management System Act Detailed List of Areas of Activity Requiring Consideration of Need for Initiation of Environmental Impact Assessment Government of the Republic Regulation No. 224 of 29 August 2005
Fiji Environment Management Act, 2005 Environment Management (EIA Process) Regulations 2007 Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Guidelines (Department of Environment)
Ghana The Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1994 Environmental Assessment Regulations, 1999
Guatemala Decreto Número 68-86 Ley de Protección y Mejoramiento del Medio Ambiente Acuerdo Gubernativo 431-2007, Reglamento de Evaluación, Control y Seguimiento Ambiental Manual de Procedimientos de Evaluación Ambiental de Proyectos, Obras o Actividades en las Delegaciones Departamentales (Manual of Environmental Assessment Procedures for Regional Offices)
Guyana Environmental Protection Act Environmental Protection (Authorisations) Regulations 2000 Various Ministry guidelines have been published but are not available in electronic format
Israel Planning & Building Law 5725-1965 (with amendments) (Unofficial translation) Planning & Building Regulations (Environmental Impact Statements) 5763-2003
Japan Environmental Impact Assessment Law, Law No. 81 of 1997
Kenya Environmental Management and Co-Ordination Act, 1999 ("EMCA") The Environmental (Impact Assessment and Audit) Regulations, 2003
Korea Environmental Impact Assessment Act (English translation) Presidential Decree No. 22702: Enforcement Decree of the Environmental Impact Assessment Act Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Environmental Impact Assessment
Laos Environmental Protection Law Decree on Environmental Impact Assessment
Liberia Environmental Protection and Management Law of Liberia Environmental Impact Assessment Procedural Guideline 2006
Malaysia Environmental Quality Act 1974 (EQA) (as amended)
Malta Environment and Development Planning Act, Cap. 504 Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2007 (S.L. 504.79)
Mexico Ley General del Equilibrio Ecológico y Protección al Ambiente (LGEEPA) Reglamento de la Ley General del Equilibrio Ecológico y Protección al Ambiente en Materia de Impacto Ambiental
Myanmar Environmental Conservation Law, No. 9/2012 Environmental Conservation Rules, Notification No. 50/2014 Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure, Notification No. 616 / 2015
Namibia Environmental Management Act - No. 7 of 2007 Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2012 Procedures and Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) - Draft (2008)
Nepal Environment Protection Act, 2053 (1997) (English translation) Environment Protection Rules, 2054 (1997) (English translation)