Strategic Environmental Assessment in Action

Strategic Environmental Assessment in Action

by Riki Therivel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1844070417

ISBN-13: 9781844070411

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In the words of Therivel (Oxford Brookes U. School of Planning, UK), "Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) is a process that aims to integrate environmental and sustainability considerations in strategic decision-making." She offers a manual on the design and implementation of SEA programs, particularly focusing on the implementation of the European Union

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In the words of Therivel (Oxford Brookes U. School of Planning, UK), "Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) is a process that aims to integrate environmental and sustainability considerations in strategic decision-making." She offers a manual on the design and implementation of SEA programs, particularly focusing on the implementation of the European Union Directive 2001/42/EC "on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment." and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Protocol on SEA. Distributed by Stylus. Annotation © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844070411
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxesvi
Acknowledgementsxi
List of Acronyms and Abbreviationsxii
Part IIntroducing Strategic Environmental Assessment
1Introduction3
Book structure3
Background to the book5
2Strategic Environmental Assessment: An Overview7
Aims and principles of SEA7
Strategic actions9
Stages of SEA13
Advantages of SEA14
Problems with SEA18
Conclusions19
3The European Union SEA Directive and UNECE SEA Protocol20
History of the SEA Directive21
The Directive's requirements23
Good and bad points of the Directive32
The UNECE Protocol on SEA33
Conclusions35
4The SEA Process as a Whole36
Example of SEA: Tooton Rush District Transport Plan36
What is crucial in SEA?48
Quality assurance48
Conclusions53
Part IIThe SEA Process
5Setting the Context for SEA57
Deciding whether a strategic action requires SEA: 'Screening'57
Links between SEA and decision-making61
Fitting SEA with other existing assessment requirements62
Who should be involved in the SEA?68
Conclusions73
6Describing the Environmental Baseline, Identifying Problems, Links to Other Strategic Actions75
Indicators, objectives, targets76
Things to think about when establishing SEA objectives and indicators79
Collecting and documenting baseline data93
Setting targets (where appropriate)97
Identifying environmental problems100
Links to other strategic actions102
When to stop collecting information: 'Scoping'107
Conclusions108
7Identifying Alternatives109
Types of alternatives110
Identifying alternatives/options120
Deciding which alternatives/options are not worth pursuing: More scoping125
Conclusions131
8Predicting, Evaluating and Mitigating Impacts133
Prediction and evaluation principles134
Prediction135
Evaluation154
Choosing prediction and evaluation techniques157
Mitigation167
Conclusions171
9Documentation, Implementation and Monitoring175
Documentation176
Consultation on the SEA report(s)178
Monitoring179
Conclusions181
Part IIIAssuring SEA Quality
10Ensuring that the SEA is Done Well and Resourcing It185
Ensuring SEA quality185
The case studies revisited: Was SEA effective?194
How to do SEA in 1, 10 and 100 person-days199
Capacity building, setting a supportive context205
The future of SEA209
Appendices
AEuropean Union Directive 2001/42/EC210
BUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment222
CSEA Prediction and Evaluation Techniques239
Expert judgement239
Quality of Life Assessment240
Overlay maps242
Land use partitioning analysis244
Geographical Information Systems246
Network analysis247
Modelling248
Scenario/sensitivity analysis250
Cost-benefit analysis251
Multi-criteria analysis253
Life cycle analysis254
Vulnerability analysis256
Carrying capacity, ecological footprints257
Risk assessment259
Compatibility appraisal260
References262
Index269

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