SEA procedures and methods : the importance of baseline, political and pragmatic contexts

João, Elsa and Annandale, David (2016) SEA procedures and methods : the importance of baseline, political and pragmatic contexts. In: European and International Experiences of Strategic Environmental Assessment. Routledge, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 225-243. ISBN 9780415656771

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    Abstract

    This Chapter critically examines procedures and methods that are applied in SEA, identifying strengths and weaknesses of analytical tools, what is missing and what we need to do better or differently. SEA has been increasingly understood by SEA academics and practitioners as a process rather than solely a technique (Bina, 2007). As such, it involves stakeholders with interests and power. Therefore, after an initial section on the background and state of the art of methods and procedures in SEA, the Chapter focuses on three main themes: baseline, political and pragmatic contexts. Through these themes the Chapter discusses how adaptive and robust SEA is in analyzing the impacts and issues that matter.