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Strategic environmental assessment as a tool to contribute to high-level policy objectives

Joao, Elsa and Mclauchlan, Anna (2011) Strategic environmental assessment as a tool to contribute to high-level policy objectives. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 13 (1). pp. 1-7. ISSN 1464-3332

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Abstract

Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) has often been identified as a key tool to contribute to sustainable development. This special issue of the Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management focuses on European SEA practice between 2003 and 2010 to critically evaluate SEA links to sustainable development and similar, difficult to define, high-level policy objectives: democratisation, good governance, agri-environmental objectives, and environmental justice. The papers centre upon the three main topics covered by the different research: SEA outcomes being directly related to policy goals; an analysis of the absence of SEA applied to "positive" policy objectives; and the realism of associating SEA with high-level policy objectives. In particular, this paper calls for greater critical engagement with this latter topic, identifying a need to examine why associations are made between SEA and policy goals.

Item type: Article
ID code: 31821
Keywords: SEA, high-level policy objectives, sustainable development, European Union, Management. Industrial Management, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Geography, Planning and Development
Subjects: Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Geography
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2011 15:19
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:26
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/31821

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