Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a process which aims to assess the effect that a plan or programme is likely to have on the environment prior to its implementation. SEA is designed to be integrated into the development stages of a plan or programme and to influence decision-making throughout.
The basic framework for the SEA process is provided by European Directive 42/2001/EC on ‘the assessment of certain plans and programmes on the environment’. This Directive has been brought into effect in Wales by the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes (Wales) Regulations 2004 and by corresponding Regulations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the UK (including England). 

Please visit the following websites for information and guidance on Strategic Environmental Assessment:
Communities and Local Government

Last updated: 28 June 2013
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