Assessing the full scale of environmental impacts is essential for effective planning of transport and land use. This is an analysis of transport and land-use planning using strategic environmental assessment (SEA). It establishes the effectiveness of SEA through comparative studies of practice in three countries: Britain, the Netherlands and Germany. The author shows that use of SEA is widespread but far from systematic. He demonstrates the advantages of adopting a systematic application of a comprehensive form of SEA derived from all the major current approaches. Only once this approach is fully understood and systematically applied will all the full benefits be achieved and environmental impacts be minimalized.
'This study is timely.' UNEP Industry and Environment 'A significant empirical contribution Fischer has made to the SEA literature.' European Environment - The Journal of European Environmental Policy
Part 1: Background - Introduction to Part 1 * Introduction * How to Systematically Conduct Strategic Environmental Assessment * Part 2: Planning Context - Introduction to Part 2 * Organization of Planning * Policies, Plans and Programmes * Part 3: Strategic Environmental Assessment: Empirical Research Results - Introduction to Part 3 * SEA Practice * Opinions and Attitudes of Authorities * The Consideration of Sustainable Aspects * Potential Benefits from SEA Application * Part 4: Summary and Conclusions - Introduction to Part 4 * Overview and Synthesis * Conclusions * Appendices * Notes * References * Index