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 8: Case study - The German Federal Transport Infrastructure Planning (FTIP)
8. Case study – the German Federal Transport Infrastructure Planning (FTIP) Holger Dalkmann and Daniel Bongardt 8.1 OVERVIEW The subject of this case study is the German Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan (FTIP). The FTIP is a long-term plan for German long-distance transport infrastructure (railways, inland waterways, motorways). It provides the financial framework of the transport infrastructure owned by the Federal Republic of Germany. It is called an integrated transport plan, combining the goals for different transport modes. Even though mentioned in publications of the ECMT (ECMT 2000), no regular Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was carried out for the 1992 FTIP (Bundesverkehrswegeplan 1992). Yet different tools such as cost–benefit analysis and ecological risk analysis exist to support decision making and incorporate environmental aspects. In relation to other strategic plans of the federal government, the 1992 FTIP is methodologically one of the most advanced planning processes because it uses scientific forecasts and valuation methods. The long-term character of the FTIP, its large, environmentally relevant impacts and its advanced valuation tools make this plan an interesting subject for the application of the ANSEA approach. This case study provides an example of an ex post assessment. Due to the fact that it was carried out mainly based on desk research and not on a real assessment process, the output provided is limited. The objective is to give an example of what an assessment could look like. Due to the summary character of this document, the focus will be on examples that show how to...
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