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1 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment SEA for strategic assessment - the critical factors approach Maria do Rosário Partidário IST- Portugal IAIA’07, Seoul, June 2007

2 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment Strategic SEA What are impacts of policy, plan, programme proposals? EIA-based SEA Problems Objectives Resources Manag Do proposed policy, plan, programme strategies address identified problems and objectives? How to resolve the problems and achieve objectives in a more environmental and sustainable way? SEA methodological approaches

3 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment Integrate environmental and sustainability issues into strategic options Help find ways for sustainability What is SEA for?

4 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment It needs: short and fast-track steps, a comprehensive understanding and a flexible intervention Strategic assessment approach - key assumptions

5 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment Strategic methodology for SEA - key elements -

6 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment Strategic Reference Framework (SRF) establishes an assessment referential based on relevant environmental, sectoral and sustainable development objectives Strategic methodology for SEA - key elements

7 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment Environmental factors (EF) Express the relevant environmental scope May be defined based on Directive 2001/42/CE Strategic methodology for SEA - key elements

8 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment Strategic Issues or Drivers Express the intended strategy which the plan, policy or programme shapes Strategic methodology for SEA - key elements

9 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment Critical factors (CF) for decision-making Integrated factors - result from the integration of the strategic reference framework (SRF), the environmental factors and the strategic issues of the initiative Establish the decision analysis framework Ensure strategic focus (3 < X < 8) Assessment factors that can take a positive (opportunity) or negative (risk) direction Strategic methodology for SEA - key elements

10 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment Critical factors (CF) Strategic methodology for SEA - key elements Decision analysis framework - What you need to focus on to strategically understand the context, identify and analyze the problems, and establish the relevant scales that will enable an adequate assessment Critical factors are focal issues and links, that may take different directions depending on the strategy - express critical uncertainties

11 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment SEA of the strategy - the rational for a transports logistic network (Portugal) (Partidário, 2007) Critical factorsCriteria for assessment Climate changesEnergy consumption Emissions (transports, industrial processes) BiodiversityFragmentation Spatial planningNetworks Distances and accessibility Induced dynamics EconomyInternational competitiveness Social inclusion and employment Environmental economic returns GovernanceInstitutional networks Logistic functionality

12 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment Perspective SEA must ensure a wide, holistic and integrated perspective in the long-term Strategic methodology for SEA - key elements

13 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment Decision facilitator SEA must encourage sustainable decisions Motivation: the strategy, not the results Works with processes, not with products Uses decision windows Strategic methodology for SEA - key elements

14 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment Communication strategies Recognizes different perpsectives Uses dialogue, persuasion and negotitation techniques Establishes governance context for institutional arrangements and participation Strategic methodology for SEA - key elements

15 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment Follow-up Strongly based on monitoring and performance assessment SEA cycle is short and frequent and is driven by the strategy dynamics Strategic methodology for SEA - key elements

16 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment I Context for SEA and critical factors 1. Identify object of assessment 2. Identify critical factors for SEA 3. State SEA objectives 4. Establish an appropriate forum of stakeholders and a communication strategy for active engagement 5. Establish process integration and identify decision windows SEA - Methodology for strategic assessment

17 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment II Analysis and assessment 6. Analysis of main trends associated to the critical factors 7. Use of scenarios and consider options to meet intended objectives 8. Assessment and comparison of options that enable choices 9. Assessment of opportunities and risks, and establish management measures III Follow-up 10. Programme for planning, monitoring and management and necessary institutional arrangements for good governance SEA - Methodology for strategic assessment

18 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment Key message SEA can be a tool for strategic integrated action if it operates strategically For that it needs to move far beyond EIA!

19 Maria do Rosário Partidário, SEA for strategic assessment Thank you! Maria do Rosário Partidário


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