Strategic Environmental Assessment in Action
Routledge – 2004 – 288 pages
This practical guide on how to carry out strategic environmental assessment (SEA) presents a coherent 'how to do it' approach for the practitioner. It is the first publication to take account of the requirements of the European Union Directive 2001/42/EC - known as the 'SEA Directive' - and the UNECE Protocol on SEA. Part I provides an overview of the aims, principles, advantages and problems of SEA as well as looking at the SEA Directive and its requirements. Part II examines the SEA process in considerable detail including setting the context, describing the baseline, identifying alternatives, predicting and evaluating impacts and using the SEA information in monitoring and decision-making. Part III is devoted to assuring SEA quality with a discussion of resources and capacity building. Employing real-life case studies, each chapter presents a range of techniques and discusses what the final product should look like. Appendices provide a wealth of additional information including text of the SEA Directive and the UNECE Protocol on SEA, and a 'toolkit' of SEA techniques. The approach and techniques in Strategic Environmental Assessment in Action are useful for anyone carrying out SEA at any level from policy to programme, international to local, but particularly for practitioners responsible for implementing the SEA Directive.
'Focusing on the implementation of the SEA Directive in England, the main interest for the book will probably be raised among practitioners here…readers from elsewhere will find the book useful in that it provides an overview of techniques and methods applied in the UK'. Thomas B. Fischer, Town Planning Review, 2005. 'Therivel's book is at its best.' Thomas B. Fischer, Town Planning Review, 2005. 'A worthwile contribution to the rapidly growing literature on SEA.' Thomas B. Fischer, Town Planning Review, 2005.
Part I: Introducing Strategic Environmental Assessment * Introduction * Strategic Environmental Assessment: An Overview * The European Union SEA Directive and UNECE SEA Protocol * The SEA Process as a Whole * Part II: The SEA Process * Setting the Context for SEA * Describing the Environmental Baseline, Identifying Problems, Links to Other Strategic Actions * Identifying Alternatives * Predicting, Evaluating and Mitigating Impacts * Documentation, Implementation and Monitoring * Part III: Assuring SEA Quality * Ensuring that the SEA is Done Well and Resourcing It * Appendices * Index
Riki Therivel is a sustainability consultant with Levett-Therivel and a Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University's School of Planning. She is the co-author of The Practice of Strategic Environmental Assessment (1996) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (1992).