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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1. When examining the theoretical foundations and linkages, the concept of environmental assessment (EA) will be used here rather than distinguishing between SEA and EIA. Although SEA has a different focus and a different emphasis from EIA, the basic concepts remain the same. Depending on how much and what type of environmentally relevant information is present at this earliest stage in the DMP, the premises and priorities for the DMP, in terms of process design and objectives, may be differently set (including or excluding some kind of environmental assessment and environmental objectives). It should be noted that the Directive itself does not refer to the expression ‘SEA’; however, it is commonly referred to as the ‘SEA Directive’, hence the use of this term in this document. The list of benefits and expected results from SEA-type procedures is based on various sources: Sheate et al. 2001; Bina et al. 1999; Therivel and Partidário 1996 and Fischer 1999c. Building land is land that can be urbanized. When the General Urban Plan classifies land as building land, it also determines the land owner’s rights and duties to urbanize, because in Spain, General Urban Plans are legally binding. 2. 3. 4. 5. 183

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