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Published 2002. Federation Press. Soft Cover.
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Strategic Environmental Assessment in Australasia provides an authoritative, up-to-date report on the state of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in Australia and New Zealand, at a time of gathering momentum for recognition of SEA as a necessary and legitimate part of natural resources management. SEA is the application of environmental assessment to policies, plans and programs. It seeks to address, as early as possible, and on a par with social and economic impacts, what environmental impacts may occur, and what measures should be taken to avoid or ameliorate these impacts. In Australia and New Zealand, SEA remains the poor relation to project related environmental impact assessment (EIA) with the result that project related EIA still commonly takes place in a vacuum of strategic and cumulative environmental assessment. This book examines: •What SEA is, and how it relates to other tools •The need for SEA, and how it can influence decision-making •How SEA works, and the principles on which it is based, the different approaches that must be taken, and the methods that may be deployed •Procedural requirements within countries, and internationally Strategic Environmental Assessment in Australasia contains theoretical and practical perspectives, and complements works focussing on North American and European experiences. The examples show: •missed opportunities, as well as opportunities made and grasped •the effects of a lack of formal legal recognition or specification of SEA •the circumstances, such as longstanding conflict between interest groups, that have forced governments to an integrated and strategic rather than an 'ad hoc' response. Editors Simon Marsden and Steve Dovers consider whether SEA will play a more meaningful role in resource and environmental management, what that role should be and how that might be achieved. This book will be useful to practitioners from many disciplines, including law, land use planning, geography, engineering and the social sciences. CONTENTS Preface - Gerry Bates - Environmental Law Consultant Part 1 - SEA and Sustainability Strategic environmental assessment: an international overview Simon Marsden, Environment Agency, UK Too deep a SEA? Strategic environmental assessment in the era of sustainability Stephen Dovers, Australian National University, Canberra ACT Part 2 - Legal Frameworks Strategic environmental assessment and fisheries management in Australia: how effective is the Commonwealth legal framework? Simon Marsden, Environment Agency, UK Strategic environmental assessment: legislative developments in Western Australia Jim Malcolm, Department of Environment, Water and Catchment Protection, Western Australia Part 3 - SEA of Policies and Plans Applying SEA to policy-making: the policy cycle model and the Queensland Policy Handbook Lex Brown and Tracey Nitz, Griffith University, Queensland Requirements of European tiered planning systems: SEA approaches and tools of general application Thomas Fischer, Department of Civic Design, University of Liverpool Part 4 - Links with Other Environmental Management Instruments Linkages between project-based EIA and the use of 'ad hoc' SEA for Australian coastal development Nick Harvey, University of Adelaide, South Australia The Oceanport integrated assessment experience: what role for SEA in Tasmania? John Hayes, Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment, Tasmania Part 5 - Applications and Perspectives The Australian Regional Forest Agreement process: a case study in strategic natural resource assessment John Ashe, Environmental Consultant, Canberra ACT Strategic environmental assessment: a business perspective Steven Münchenberg, Business Council of Australia, Victoria All at SEA? Strateguc environmental assessment in New Zealand Jennifer Dixon, University of Auckland Conclusions: prospects for SEA Simon Marsden and Stephen Dovers REVIEWS "An authoritative, up-to-date report … at a time of gathering momentum for recognition of SEA as a necessary and legitimate part of natural resource management."
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