Review of strategic environmental assessment

Project
Archived
2003 - 2005

The strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of policies, plans and programmes is a rapidly evolving field. This review has been prepared in response to these trends and to support recent initiatives to address SEA frameworks and tools that can be applied by international agencies in their work.

The strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of policies, plans and programmes is a rapidly evolving field. New approaches and areas of application are emerging all the time - particularly in the fields of development cooperation and international trade. Despite much recent progress, there is still much to do make SEA effective and more widely applied.

This review has been prepared in response to these trends and to support recent initiatives to address SEA frameworks and tools that can be applied by international agencies in their work.

A major objective of this review is to (a) provide a baseline and reference guide for developing strategic environmental assessment briefing papers, guidance and other outputs under the OECD DAC ENVIRONET work programme being undertaken by the DAC Task Team on SEA; and (b) support a UNEP programme, initiated in 2003, on integrated assessment and planning for sustainable development.

The study examines the context of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and its evolution and provides a perspective on experience and practice in SEA in developing countries, countries in transition, development cooperation and developed countries.

Additional resources

The final report (A Sourcebook and Reference Guide to International Experience) by Barry Dalal-Clayton and Barry Sadler was published in May 2005 by IIED with the OECD and UNEP in association with Earthscan Publications.

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