Strategic Environmental Assessment in Action by Riki Therivel

By Riki Therivel

* offers a "how-to" method of strategic environmental evaluate (SEA)--ideal for all practitioners* appropriate to all degrees of SEA, from coverage to application, from overseas to neighborhood* the single e-book overlaying the recent EC Directive 2001/42/EC--widely referred to as the "SEA Directive.""Strategic Environmental evaluation in motion" is a pragmatic advisor on find out how to perform strategic environmental evaluation (SEA). The publication offers a coherent "how-to-do-it" strategy for the practitioner, and it's the first booklet to take account of the necessities of the new EC Directive 2001/42/EC--widely often called the "SEA Directive."The publication introduces SEA and the ocean Directive, and considers assorted phases of SEA together with atmosphere the context, describing the baseline, picking out choices, predicting and comparing affects, and utilizing the ocean info in decisionmaking. via real-life case experiences, each one bankruptcy provides a variety of concepts and discusses how the ultimate product should still glance. a last bankruptcy discusses assets and ability construction. The technique and methods are priceless for a person conducting an SEA, yet rather for practitioners chargeable for enforcing the ocean Directive.

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The type of consultation with authorities and the public required (Art. 6, 8 and 9) is broadly similar, but the authorities explicitly include health authorities, and the public’s involvement is specifically mentioned (though not required) in the scoping stage. ‘Due account’ should be taken of the results of the SEA report and consultation results (Art. 1), and the reasons for the decision should be made public (Art. 2) as in the Directive. Monitoring of significant effects (Art. 12) is also required.

The information that the environmental report must cover is (Annex I): a) an outline of the contents, main objectives of the plan or programme and relationship with other relevant plans and programmes; b) the relevant aspects of the current state of the environment and the likely evolution thereof without implementation of the plan or programme; c) the environmental characteristics of areas likely to be significantly affected; d) any existing environmental problems which are relevant to the plan or programme including, in particular, those relating to any areas of a particular environmental importance, such as areas designated pursuant to Directives 79/409/EEC and 92/43/EEC; e) the environmental protection objectives, established at international, Community or Member State level, which are relevant to the plan or programme and the way those objectives and any environmental considerations have been taken into account during its preparation; f) the likely significant effects* on the environment, including on issues such as biodiversity, population, human health, fauna, flora, soil, water, air, climatic factors, material assets, cultural heritage including architectural and archaeological heritage, landscape and the interrelationship between the above factors; g) the measures envisaged to prevent, reduce and as fully as possible offset any significant adverse effects on the environment of implementing the plan or programme; h) an outline of the reasons for selecting the alternatives dealt with, and a description of how the assessment was undertaken including any difficulties (such as technical deficiencies or a lack of knowhow) encountered in compiling the required information; 29 Introducing Strategic Environmental Assessment i) a description of the measures envisaged concerning monitoring in accordance with Article 10; j) a non-technical summary of the information provided under the above headings.

In Part II, Chapters 5–9 provide a range of approaches for carrying out SEA in general, and the requirements of the SEA Directive and Protocol in particular. They cover, in turn, the context for SEA; the baseline environment and links to other strategic actions; alternatives; prediction, evaluation and mitigation of impacts; and SEA documentation and decision-making. Chapter 4 gives an example of the SEA process using a hypothetical case study. 35 Chapter 4 The SEA Process as a Whole This chapter aims to give an understanding of the SEA process as a whole – how it affects the strategic action, what the SEA outcomes are, and what to look out for.

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