Analysing Strategic Environmental Assessment

Analysing Strategic Environmental Assessment

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

Analytical Strategic Environmental Assessment (ANSEA) is an insightful new approach to environmental evaluation, based on decision theory, policy analysis and environmental considerations. These concepts, though not new in their own fields of application, are combined and integrated in an innovative fashion. This book presents recent research on the implementation of the ANSEA approach which aims to ensure environmental values are properly integrated into the decision-making process.

Chapter 8: Case study - The German Federal Transport Infrastructure Planning (FTIP)

Holger Dalkmann and Daniel Bongardt

Subjects: economics and finance, environmental economics, valuation, environment, environmental economics, valuation

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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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