European and International Experiences of Strategic Environmental Assessment
Recent progress and future prospects
Edited by Barry Sadler, Jiri Dusik
Routledge – 2016 – 256 pages
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 aspirational 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 embrace 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 experience in the field. The book will be essential reading for forward-thinking practitioners and students of SEA.
Part I: Introduction and background on SEA process, practice and performance 1. Recent Progress with SEA: At a Milestone and a Crossroads (The Editors) 2. SEA effectiveness and quality of practice - emerging perspectives and organizing concepts (The Editors) Part II: Review of SEA process implementation 3. Main achievements and challenges in the implementation of the SEA Directive (Georges Kremlis) 4. Reflections on experience in implementing the Directive (Lars Emmelin) 5. SEA in Europe, the Caucasus and Central-Asia: Implementation of the SEA Protocol to the Convention on EIA in a Transboundary Context (Tea Aulavuo) 6. SEA at the World Bank: Lessons from experience in low income and transitional countries (Fernando Loayza) Part III: Dimensions of SEA practice 7. Effectiveness of national SEA systems: How are they making a difference? (Bill Sheate and Ric Eales) 8. Sector-specific SEAs: Are we getting it right? (Monica Fundingsland-Tetlow, Marie Hanusch, Davide Geneletti, Mojca Hrabar, Ausra Jurkeviciute, Rob Gardner) 9. Stakeholder engagement in SEA (Ralf Aschemann, Giorgio Baldizzone and Carlo Rega) 10. Beyond current SEA practice (Riki Therivel, Mike Jones and Bryan Jenkins) 11. Addressing climate change in SEA (Lone Kørnøv et al) 12. SEA procedure and methods: Tackling the tougher issues? (Elsa João and David Annandale) 13. Linking SEA with other assessment and planning tools. (Thomas Fischer) 14. Research and Capacity Development agenda (Maria Partidario and Mat Cashmore) 15. SEA and EU Cohesion Policy: Coming together or still far apart? (Martin Smutny) 16. Toward Good Practice in SEA for Development Cooperation (Jon Hobbs) 17. SEA for policy-making: Lessons from Europe and internationally (Barry Sadler) Part IV: Conclusion 18. Future Prospects and Directions for SEA (The Editors)
Barry Sadler is an Environmental Impact Assessment Advisor to UNEP and contributor to "Assessing Impact" (Earthscan, 2004)
Jirí Dusík is managing partner at Integra Consulting and is currently involved in long-term projects focused on the development of SEA systems in Vietnam and China and supervises short-term SEA projects in other Asian countries (Thailand, Philippines, Maledives, Iran, Mauritius).