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Strategic Environmental Assessment: Methodology Mary M. Matthews, Ph.D. SEA Consultant for European Delegation.

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1 Strategic Environmental Assessment: Methodology Mary M. Matthews, Ph.D. SEA Consultant for European Delegation

2 Overview of Assessment Evaluation of policy and institutional contexts Environmental baseline study Identification and evaluation of environmental opportunities and constraints Identification and evaluation of impacts Analysis of performance indicators Assessment of the capacities to address environmental challenges Development of conclusions and recommendations Proposal of time frames and resources needed for the SEA Study

3 Evaluation of policy and institutional contexts A more detailed evaluation of policy and institutional contexts pertaining to the multiple sectors involved and impacted by the NAS. Identify where complimentary institutional structures exist Identify discrepancies between sectoral plans or programs, and how these will be addressed within the SEA.

4 Environmental baseline* study Current state of environment State of environment pre 2003 Trend analysis If no additional action is taken For current plans If alternates are developed *Baseline on all environmental issues for each of the sectors (Detailed in table 6.1 in Scoping Study)

5 Identification and evaluation of environmental opportunities and constraints Review of major environmental impacts for each of the sectors Development of alternatives to negative impacts and strategies for enhancement of positive effects Creating potential means of improving conditions for environment, social and economic factors in a meaningful and cost effective manner

6 Identification and evaluation of impacts and alternatives duration, probability, magnitude, mitigability, reversibility the views and concerns of stakeholders the consistency with international commitments the socio-economic consequences compliance with environmental regulations and standards consistency with environmental objectives and policies and their implications for sustainable development

7 Analysis of performance indicators Examining indicators being used currently Bringing these into line with existing indicators of other sectors Alignment of indicators with environmental sub-indicators Pressure - environmental impacts on resources Status - environmental status of resources Process - efforts towards improvement of resource management(capacity building, etc.)

8 Assessment of the capacities to address environmental challenges Ability to implement current and alternative plans What exists and what is needed - gap analysis Cost effectiveness of alternatives Recommendations for improving capacity where needed

9 Development of conclusions and recommendations Conclusions from all assessments Based on assessment findings develop a set of recommendations Specific interventions, improvements and enhancements Technical assistance SEA implementation and stakeholder engagement

10 Timeline for Assessment Activity/ Project Week Scoping Study WorkshopR Evaluation of policy and institutional contexts R Environmental baseline studyR Identification and evaluation of environmental opportunities and constraints R Identification and evaluation of impacts R Analysis of performance indicatorsR Assessment of the capacities to address environmental challenges R Development of conclusions and recommendations R Finalization of ReportR

11 Resources needed for the SEA Study Sectoral Teams Agriculture Residential building Industry Infrastructure Communications/Meetings Group meetings? Teleconferences? Web based/list serve? Information Management Strategies YOUR EXPERTISE and GUIDANCE

12 Your thoughts? Sources of data? Additional stakeholders to see?


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