SEA and planning: 'ownership' of strategic environmental assessment by the planners is the key to its effectiveness

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Title SEA and planning: 'ownership' of strategic environmental assessment by the planners is the key to its effectiveness
Author Stoeglehner, Gernot; Brown, Lex; Kørnøv, Lone B.
Journal Name Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal
Year Published 2009
Place of publication UK
Publisher Beech Tree Publishing
Abstract As the field of SEA has matured, the focus has moved from the development of legislation, guidelines and methodologies towards improving effectiveness of the implementation of SEA. Measuring, and of course achieving, effectiveness is a complex and challenging task. This paper suggests that SEA professionals need to consider 'democratic effectiveness' as well as 'environmental effectiveness' in both 'direct' and 'indirect' outputs. The effectiveness of SEA of plans depends critically on the context within which SEA legislation and guidelines are understood and implemented, and the relationship of the SEA to the planning activity itself. This paper focuses on the influence that planners have in these implementation processes, postulating the hypothesis that planners are key players in achieving effectiveness of SEA of plans. Based upon implementation theory and empirical experience, the paper discusses the role of the planners in SEA implementation, concluding that their 'ownership' of SEA is crucial for both democratic and environmental effectiveness
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/beech/iapa
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.3152/146155109X438742
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Beech Tree Publishing. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 27
Issue Number 2
Page from 111
Page to 120
ISSN 1461-5517
Date Accessioned 2010-02-08
Date Available 2010-05-10T06:49:44Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Urban and Regional Planning
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29596
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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