Implementing Strategic Environmental Assessment / Edition 1

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This comprehensive Handbook describes the implementation of SEA in 18 countries around the world, as well as a critical analysis of different SEA methodologies. It introduces key SEA principles and the legal requirements of the new European SEA Directive, which became law in 2004, and describes the implementation of SEA in 11 European Union countries, as well as the USA, Canada and New Zealand. This is contrasted with SEA requirements of four developing countries.

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Pt. I Key principles and legal framework for SEA 1
1 Key principles of SEA 3
2 Purpose and background of the European SEA directive 15
3 Legal context of the SEA directive - links with other legislation and key procedures 31
4 Transposition of the SEA directive into national law - challenges and possibilities 57
5 Some legal problems of implementing the SEA directive into member states' legal systems 69
Pt. II Current status and national strategies for the implementation of SEA in the European Union 81
6 Current SEA practice in England 83
7 Implementing SEA in Germany 99
8 Implementing SEA in Italy - the case of the Emilia Romagna region 117
9 First experiences with implementing SEA legislation in Flanders (Belgium) 137
10 Implementing SEA in Austria 149
11 Implementing SEA in Finland - further development of existing practice 159
12 Problems of a minimalist implementation of SEA - the case of Sweden 177
13 National strategy for the implementation of SEA in the Czech Republic 193
14 Developments of SEA in Poland 201
15 Experiences with SEA in Latvia 217
16 Implementing SEA in Estonia 227
Pt. III Experience of SEA in North America and Oceania 237
17 Improved decision-making through SEA - expectations and results in the United States 239
18 SEA in Canada 251
19 SEA of plan objectives and policies to promote sustainability in New Zealand 269
Pt. IV Requirements of SEA in developing and fast developing countries 289
20 The need for SEA in Kenya 291
21 SEA for water resource management in Ghana 305
22 SEA in Ukraine 321
23 Importance of SEA in China - the case of the Three Gorges dam project 331
Pt. V Methodologies for SEA and public participation 347
24 Tools for SEA 349
25 Methodological approaches to SEA within the decision-making process 365
26 Strategic level cumulative impact assessment 385
27 Handling transboundary cumulative impacts in SEA 397
28 Cultural integrity as a criterion of SEA 409
29 Requirements and methods for public participation in SEA 421
30 Public participation for SEA in a transboundary context 433
31 Developing quantitative SEA indicators using a thermodynamic approach 443
32 A structural and functional strategy analysis for SEA 459
Pt. VI SEA for abiotic and biotic resources 471
33 Soil resources and SEA 473
34 Towards the implementation of SEA - learning from EIA for water resources 495
35 Links between the water framework directive and SEA 513
36 Assessing biodiversity in SEA 523
37 Biodiversity programmes on global, European and national levels related to SEA 539
Pt. VII Implementing SEA in spatial and sector planning 555
38 Co-ordination of SEA and landscape planning 557
39 Urban planning and SEA 571
40 SEA in transport planning in Germany 585
41 SEA for agricultural programmes in the EU 599
42 SEA of waste management plans - an Austrian case study 621
43 Mining industry and SEA - an example in Turkey 631
Pt. VIII Conclusions 647
44 Capacity-building and SEA 649
45 A critique of SEA from the point of view of the German industry 665
46 Best practice use of SEA - industry, energy and sustainable development 673
47 SEA outlook - future challenges and possibilities 691
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