Towards Better Decision-Making
The Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei series on Economics, the Environment and Sustainable Development
Edited by Pietro Caratti, Holger Dalkmann and Rodrigo Jiliberto
Chapter 6: Relating ANSEA to the European Directive on SEA
Olivia Bina 6.1 ANSEA’s PRINCIPLES AND THE OBJECTIVES OF THE EUROPEAN SEA DIRECTIVE (2001/42/EC) This section proposes a way of understanding the role of ANSEA’s principles in relation to the new European Directive: Directive 2001/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Assessment of the Effects of Certain Plans and Programmes on the Environment (hereafter ‘SEA Directive’).3 The ANSEA approach shares an overall remit, certain procedural steps and the increasing focus on decision-making processes with the more commonly known forms of SEA. It differentiates itself from SEA in terms of the central object of the assessment, which is the decision-making process itself, and focuses on an extended concept of assessment that merges the following dimensions: ● ● ● guidance for more transparent and informed decision making; on-going evaluation throughout all environmentally critical planning stages; and overall procedural auditing. Hence, the ANSEA approach is presented as a methodology which takes forward some of the more recent developments in SEA practice and theory, as well as providing an innovative analytical scope, process and tools. It proposes a wider analytical scope to ensure a coherent overall decision-making process (DMP), including all significant stages with direct or indirect implications on the environmental dimension of strategic decisions. This leads to the consideration of many tasks and assessment processes, including some (for example, cost–benefit analysis) which are not specifically environmental. Given these characteristics, the ANSEA approach can propose a set of principles and tools, which can enhance and strengthen the impact of SEA and...
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