Technical Secretariat on Strategic Environmental Assessment

Project
Archived
2004-2007

IIED's Strategies, Planning and Assessment team (SPA) is providing a Technical Secretariat to the OECD DAC Task Team on Strategic Environmental Assessment.

IIED's Strategies, Planning and Assessment team (SPA) is providing a Technical Secretariat to the OECD DAC Task Team on Strategic Environmental Assessment. The Task Team brings together donors (bilateral and multilateral), UN organisations and experts to address how to promote the application of SEA in development cooperation.

Project objectives

In the first phase of its work (2003-2006) the objectives of the task team was to develop and promoting the practical use of Strategic Environmental Assessment in the formulation and assessment of development policies, plans, programmes and 'mega projects' and to help ensure that:

  • environmental considerations are effectively incorporated into strategic decision-making at the formative stage
  • the linkages between environmental, social and economic factors are better understood and addressed
  • the outcomes of policies, plans and programmes have better prospects to contribute to sustainable development.

One of the key products has been the production of DAC guidance on SEA. The Task Team was awarded the coveted Institutional Award by the International Association for Impact Assessment in 2006 for its pioneering work.

The second phase of the Task Team's work (initiated in 2007) focuses on implementing the Guidance through SEA pilots for 12 key 'entry points' under the new architecture of development cooperation (eg direct budget support, sector support, poverty strategies), and developing tools for raising awareness about SEA, training and capacity-development.

Find out more about the OECD DAC ENVIRONET Task Team on Strategic Environmental Assessment

Additional resources

9 Task Team meetings and 2 conferences (to date)

Reviews of experience and practice in SEA and sustainability appraisal (by IIED)

Strategic Environmental Assessment: A Sourcebook and Reference Guide to International Experience, Barry Dalal-Clayton, Barry Sadler (2006) Routledge

Glossy leaflet on SEA (4-6 pages) - aimed at decision-makers

Task Team website (operated by UNDP)

DAC SEA Guidance - aimed at practitioners and agency officials (published by the OECD in 2006 (in English, French and Spanish)

Donors

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NORAD and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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