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Handbook of Strategic Environmental Assessment

ISBN 9781138975699
Published November 24, 2015 by Routledge
640 Pages

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Book Description

This authoritative handbook surveys the full breadth and depth of SEA, bringing together a range of international perspectives and insights on the theoretical, methodological and institutional dimensions and practical issues of the field. It then subjects this conventional wisdom to a critical reappraisal, looks at the vast lessons of experience and offers new ideas and interpretations as to where the field is going. The volume is organized into six major sections, beginning with an introduction and overview of the development of the field and a framework for evaluating SEA good practice. Part I comprises a review of SEA frameworks in leading countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA), the European Union and developing regions (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Newly Independent States). Part II reviews SEA practice in several major sectors (energy, minerals, transport, water, development assistance and coastal zone management). Part III addresses the linkages between SEA and other comparable tools such as spatial planning and environmental management. Part IV probes key cross-cutting issues in SEA, including how to address cumulative and trans-boundary effects. Part V identifies ways and means of SEA process and capacity development, focusing on how to improve and upgrade the theory and practice of the field. Part VI examines the shift from conventional SEA towards more integrative approaches, drawing on experience and examples from a number of countries. Published with IAIA

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part I SEA Frameworks 2. SEA in Australia 3. SEA in Canada 4. SEA in New Zealand 5. SEA in the United States 6. SEA in the Asian Region 7. SEA in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia 8. SEA in the European Union 9. SEA in Southern Africa 10. The SEA Protocol Part II SEA Application 11. SEA and Transport Planning 12. SEA and Water Management 13. Regional Sectoral Assessment and Extractive Industries 14. SEA and Coastal Zone Management Part III SEA Linkage to Other Instruments 15. Thematic Overview of Linkages Between SEA and Other Instruments 16. SEA and Environmental Planning and Management Tools 17. Landscape Planning 18. SEA as a Tool for Conservation and Sustainable use of Biodiversity in Developing Countries 19. Using SEA to Enhance Poverty Reduction Strategies 20. SEA and Spatial Planning Part IV Cross Cutting Issues in SEA 21. Environmental Indicators in SEA 22. Some Wider Reflections on the Challenge of Public Participation in SEA 23. Addressing Health Impacts in SEA 24. Managing Cumulative Impacts: Making it Happen 25. Transboundary Issues in SEA 26. Planning in Tiers? Tiering as a Way of Linking SEA and EIA Part V SEA Process Development and Capacity Building 27. SEA Process Development and Capacity-building - a Thematic Overview 28. SEA Theory and Research: an Analysis of the Discourse 29. Professional and Institutional Capacity Building for SEA 30. Developing SEA Guidance 31. Institutional Challenges for SEA Implementation and Decision Making: Search for Appropriate Organizations 32. From Formulation to Implementation: Strengthening SEA through Follow-up 33. SEA Knowledge and its use in Information Sharing, Training and Learning Part VI: Toward Integrated, Sustainability Assessment 34. From SEA to Sustainability Assessment 35. Assessment for Sustainable Development

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Barry Sadler is an adviser on impact assessment to a number of international organizations and co-author of Strategic Environmental Assessment (2005) and Sustainability Appraisal (2006) Ralf Aschemann is Director of the Austrian Institute for the Development of Environmental Assessment (ANIDEA) Jiri Dusik is a Partner at Integra Consulting Services Ltd. based in the Czech Republic Thomas B. Fischer is a Professor in the Department of Civic Design, School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Liverpool, UK Maria do Rosário Partidário is an Associate Professor based in the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal Rob Verheem is Deputy Director of the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment


'This is a work which has been needed for some time and it has been worth the wait! Truly international in scope, it provides a pointer for theory and practice in the field. Compiled and written by leading academics and practitioners, it belongs on the desk of ministers and policymakers worldwide.' Dr Trevor Turpin, Director, Nicholas Pearson Associates and co-author, Environmental Impact Assessment Handbook 'This book is wide ranging both in scope and authorship, and makes a timely contribution to the literature. It explores the application and influence of SEA on a global basis and appraises its role in decision-making and contribution to wider sustainability themes. As such it will be an invaluable source for both researchers and practitioners.' Carys Jones, School of Environment & Development, University of Manchester, UK