This book brings together the latest thinking in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and considers the key question of whether the processes are having a positive impact on strategic decision making, both in Europe and worldwide.
As governments move to develop green agendas, the book explores the challenges of working within national systems, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of sector-specific SEA. The importance of stakeholder engagement is considered, as is the question of how to turn NIMBYs into WIMBYs – that is, creating positive reasons to encourage development and allow local stakeholders to profit.
In assessing ways in which the practice of SEA can provide a new agenda for the 21st Century, the chapters explore current and emerging approaches, procedures and methods, along with ways in which SEA can be linked with other planning tools. The role of research and academia is considered, and the book looks beyond the current status of SEA to address the question of how practitioners can capitalise on the potential of SEA to become integrated into high-level policy as a key element of climate change mitigation strategies.
Each chapter is written by internationally renowned authors and based on many years of experience in the field. The book will be essential reading for forward-thinking practitioners and students of SEA.
1. SEA at a milestone and a crossroad: The paradox of progress and performance 2. SEA Reconsidered: The Anatomy of Effectiveness in a No Analogue World 3. The implementation of the EU SEA Directive: Main achievements and challenges 4. Reflections on a dysfunctional SEA-system – the case of Swedish spatial planning 5. SEA and EU Cohesion Policy: Coming together or still far apart? 6. SEA in Europe, the Caucaus and Central-Asia: Implementation of the UNECE Protocol on SEA to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) 7. Toward Good Practice in SEA for Development Cooperation 8. Effectiveness of European national SEA systems: How are they making a difference? 9. Sector-specific SEA: Are we getting it right? 10. SEA Procedures and Methods: The importance of baseline, political and pragmatic contexts 11. Public and Stakeholder Engagement in Strategic Environmental Assessment 12. Linking SEA with other assessment and planning tools 13. Integrating Climate Change in SEA practice 14. Beyond current SEA practice 15. SEA Research and Capacity Development Agenda