This authoritative handbook, written and edited by forty international leaders in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) practice and theory, is the most comprehensive state-of-the-art review of the field to date. The book surveys the full breadth and depth of SEA, bringing together a range of international perspectives and insights on the theoretical, methodological and institutional dimensions and practical issues of the field.
Part I comprises a review of SEA frameworks in leading countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US), the European Union and developing regions (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Newly Independent States). Part 2 reviews SEA practice in several major sectors (energy, minerals, transport, water, development assistance and coastal zone management). Part 3 addresses the linkages between SEA and other comparable tools such as spatial planning and environmental management. Part 4 probes key cross-cutting issues in SEA, including how to address cumulative and transboundary effects. Part 5 identifies ways and means of SEA process and capacity development, focusing on how to improve and upgrade the theory and practice of the field. Part 6 examines the shift from conventional SEA towards more integrative approaches, drawing on experience and examples from a number of countries.
This Handbook is the most comprehensive examination of SEA to date and is the essential reference for all practitioners, researchers, impact assessors, planners, environmental managers, policy-makers and regulators in all jurisdictions worldwide.
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