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Participative SEA Approach for Data Collection and Objective Formulation
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630), Environmental Management and Assessment.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2914-7538
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630), Environmental Management and Assessment.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, ISSN 1464-3332, E-ISSN 1757-5605, Vol. 11, no 2, 189-211 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses the interaction between data needs and objective formulation in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). This topic is discussed from the experiences that were gained by designing and applying a participative SEA pre-study process in the developing region of the Sonso Lagoon, Colombia. Data collection and issue identification are described, as are the different purposes and similarities with objective-led and baselineled SEAs. It is argued that the participative framework used in Sonso can be applied in similar developing country contexts where there is a lack of environmental data and clear development goals. Finally, it is stressed that the participative SEA pre-study process can be implemented in situations where different sector objectives conflict or in circumstances where there is a need to formulate regional or municipal development objectives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Imperial College Press, 2009. Vol. 11, no 2, 189-211 p.
Keyword [en]
strategic environmental assessment, scale and data, public participation, objective formulation, developing countries
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-46174Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-70349126304OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-46174DiVA: diva2:453503
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QC 20111109

Available from: 2011-11-02 Created: 2011-11-02 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
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1. Fostering Participation and Dialogue Using Strategic Environmental Assessment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fostering Participation and Dialogue Using Strategic Environmental Assessment
2011 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Various international conventions and several theories and approaches from the planning and environment fields of study have focused on enhancing the public’s access to information and its participation in strategic decision making. However, it seems that it is challenging to encourage a meaningful public participation in decision making processes, since it is difficult to engage civil society in strategic discussions, it is complex to institutionalise participative processes, and it is demanding to include traditionally marginalised groups in current debates on development. Despite this, it appears that deciding how participative approaches should be designed and when these approaches should be applied is of crucial importance to secure appropriate forums for dialogue. To study these claims and foster participation and dialogue, a study was carried out to examine the development of flexible, adaptable and participative strategic environmental assessment processes. Even though designing the processes demanded time and constant adaptation, it is argued that adequately conceptualising and implementing flexible, adaptable and participative approaches to strategic environmental assessment can lead to inclusive, legitimate and anchored outputs that can significantly influence decision making processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2011. vi, 18 p.
Series
Trita-LWR. LIC, ISSN 1650-8629 ; 2057
Keyword
deliberative democracy, collaborative communictive planning, strategic environmental assessment, participation, networks, decision making
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-46202 (URN)978-91-7501-148-6 (ISBN)
Presentation
2011-11-11, V2, KTH, Teknikrignen 76, Stockholm, 15:56 (English)
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QC 20111115Available from: 2011-11-15 Created: 2011-11-02 Last updated: 2011-11-15Bibliographically approved
2. Beyond impacts: Contextualizing strategic environmental assessment to foster the inclusion of multiple values in strategic planning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Beyond impacts: Contextualizing strategic environmental assessment to foster the inclusion of multiple values in strategic planning
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) has the potential to improve strategic planning. However, meeting this expectation is a major challenge since SEA practice still constraints itself to assess the impacts of strategic planning initiatives. To advance the role of SEA beyond impact assessment, it has been argued that SEA needs to adapt to strategic planning contexts. Yet, there is a lack of consensus on how SEA should adapt to strategic planning contexts as these are complex, vary considerably and carry high levels of uncertainty. Against this background, the aim of this thesis is to contribute to the development of SEA by creating knowledge on ways in which it can be contextualized to different strategic planning situations. Three case studies addressing different values and strategic planning contexts were designed from which experiences on SEA conceptualization were drawn. The results show that developing strategic focused SEA frameworks that enhance dialogue, collaboration and knowledge generation on multiple values can address issues such as: the lack of data and objectives in developing planning contexts; gaps in knowledge and uncertainty associated to environmental monitoring in transboundary contexts; and the recognition of the importance of ecosystem services and their needed green qualities in urbanizing contexts. Based on the gained case study experiences, it is argued that SEA contextualization can mean addressing strategic planning intentions, identifying and engaging actors, deriving and prioritizing key values, collaborating to generate knowledge on key issues, and using this knowledge to shape strategic planning. Due to the complexity of the issues involved, contextualizing SEA is considered to be challenging to achieve and requires time and resources. However, based on the SEA case studies, it can be argued that the value added to strategic planning outweighs these requirements. Continuing to study the practice of context adaptable, strategic focused and participatory based SEA processes may contribute to advance SEA’s role beyond impact assessment and enable reaching its expected potentials.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. viii, 44 p.
Series
TRITA-LWR. PHD, ISSN 1650-8602 ; 2015:02
Keyword
Strategic environmental assessment; Context; Values; Strategic planning; Participation; Ecosystem services; Monitoring
National Category
Environmental Management
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-167968 (URN)978-91-7595-623-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-06-12, D3, Lindstedtsvägen 5, KTH, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)
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QC 20150525

Available from: 2015-05-25 Created: 2015-05-22 Last updated: 2015-05-25Bibliographically approved

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