Title: Strategic Environmental Assessment Performance Criteria 
Resource Type: document --> guidance / decision support 
Country: USA 
Year: 2002 
Availability: Special Publication Series No. 1. 
Author 1/Producer: International Association for Impact Assessment - IAIA 
Author / Producer Type: Professional / trade / industry associations, institutes or networks 
Publisher: IAIA 
Publisher City: Fargo, USA 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.iaia.org/Members/Publications/Special_Pubs/sp1.pd ...  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Assessment tools
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Environmental
Short description: A good-quality Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process informs planners, decision makers and affected public on the sustainability of strategic decisions, facilitates the search for the best alternative and ensures a democratic decision making process. This enhances the credibility of decisions and leads to more cost- and time-effective EA at the project level. Key principles in SEA are to promote sustainable development; to take an integrated view recognising the cross-cutting aspects of environmental quality with the social and economic agenda of Sustainable Development; that the process of SEA is a means to ensuring that plans and programme do actually further environmental considerations, that the SEA should be realistic and participative involving interested parties and the public and creatively responding to their input. SEA is an iterative process that should be integrated into planning and decsion making at all stages. It should also be focused, addressing the significant environmental issues of particular relevance to the scale and subject of the proposed project, plan or programme. 
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 15/08/2007

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