Analysing Strategic Environmental Assessment
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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.
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Chapter 7: Practical illustrations of the ANSEA approach

Pietro Caratti

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7. Practical illustrations of the ANSEA approach Pietro Caratti The third part of the book is specifically aimed at planners, environmental assessors and authorities responsible for PPP development who need some more practical illustrations of the ANSEA approach in order to carry out or assess a decision-centred Strategic Environmental Assessment. For this purpose, the following sections are aimed at illustrating, by means of two explanatory examples, how the ANSEA concepts and tools developed may be applied. These examples, analysing the significant environmental implications of specific decision-making processes through step-by-step application of the ANSEA approach, are based on information collected and processed in two of the eight case studies developed within the European Analytical Strategic Environmental Assessment project. An overview of the role of the case studies in the evolution of the ANSEA approach is outlined in the next paragraph in order to underscore the difference between the present explanatory purpose of the proposed two examples and the original aim of all the case studies developed during the project. 7.1 THE ROLE OF CASE STUDIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ANSEA APPROACH The aim of carrying out the case studies during the project was to give a clear profile to the ANSEA methodological elements and to verify that such elements could be embodied in reality through an ex post analysis of different PPPs. The case studies were used as a ‘learning by doing’ exercise to review the ANSEA concepts and improve the approach with a view to making it more operational....

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