An independent body to oversee strategic environmental assessment in Scotland : bureaucratic burden or efficient accountable administration? - A preliminary report

McLauchlan, Anna and João, Elsa (2005) An independent body to oversee strategic environmental assessment in Scotland : bureaucratic burden or efficient accountable administration? - A preliminary report. [Report]

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    Abstract

    This report intends to inform the debate about whether an independent organisation to administer Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is needed to support the Scottish Ministers desire to make Scotland a world leader in SEA. Interlocking roles an independent body could perform were developed from literature about the administration of environmental assessment in several countries and studies regarding “effective” SEA; arguments for and against a freestanding administrative body have then been assessed in the context of these roles and existing/proposed Scottish legislation.