Analysing Strategic Environmental Assessment
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Analysing Strategic Environmental Assessment

Towards Better Decision-Making

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.
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Chapter 4: ANSEA concepts

Rodrigo Jiliberto


Rodrigo Jiliberto 4.1 INTRODUCTION The context in which the ANSEA approach developed was described in previous chapters, its basic assumptions were explained and insights on aspects of decision theory were also introduced. This chapter develops the main new concepts needed to support and make operational the ANSEA approach. According to the ANSEA approach, the object of analysis which Strategic Environmental Analysis (SEA) has to look at in this scenario is the relationship between the decision-making process and a set of environmentally relevant procedural criteria. An ANSEA assessment could be defined as an assessment of the way in which a set of procedural criteria is applied to the decision-making process. The ANSEA approach is based on a short set of basic concepts. These are: ● ● ● ● functional descriptions of the decision-making process (DMP); decision windows; the environmental implications of decision windows; procedural criteria. Each of these concepts is further explained in the following sections. 4.2 THE FUNCTIONAL DESCRIPTION OF THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS In so far as procedural criteria are operative at single points of a specific decision-making process, their definition undergoes the exhaustive description of the latter. What really matters from an EA point of view is not just the decisions in general, but the decisions or sub-decisions made at one single point of a specific decision-making process. To carry out an exhaustive description of 43 44 ANSEA theoretical background the decision-making process it is necessary to take account of the functional description of the process. A functional description allows the identification of...

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