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Beyond impacts: Contextualizing strategic environmental assessment to foster the inclusion of multiple values in strategic planning
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Land and Water Resources Engineering. (Environmental Management and Assessment)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2914-7538
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 [en]
Strategic environmental assessment; Context; Values; Strategic planning; Participation; Ecosystem services; Monitoring
National Category
Environmental Management
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-167968ISBN: 978-91-7595-623-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-167968DiVA: diva2:813551
Public defence
2015-06-12, D3, Lindstedtsvägen 5, KTH, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)
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Supervisors
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QC 20150525

Available from: 2015-05-25 Created: 2015-05-22 Last updated: 2015-05-25Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Participative SEA Approach for Data Collection and Objective Formulation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Participative SEA Approach for Data Collection and Objective Formulation
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
Keyword
strategic environmental assessment, scale and data, public participation, objective formulation, developing countries
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-46174 (URN)2-s2.0-70349126304 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20111109

Available from: 2011-11-02 Created: 2011-11-02 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
2. Strategic environmental assessment and monitoring: Arctic key gaps and bridging pathways
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategic environmental assessment and monitoring: Arctic key gaps and bridging pathways
2013 (English)In: Environmental Research Letters, ISSN 1748-9326, E-ISSN 1748-9326, Vol. 8, no 4, 044033- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Arctic region undergoes rapid and unprecedented environmental change. Environmental assessment and monitoring is needed to understand and decide how to mitigate and/or adapt tothe changes and their impacts on society and ecosystems. This letter analyzes the application of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and the monitoring, based on environmental observations, that should be part of SEA, elucidates main gaps in both, and proposes an overarching SEA framework to systematically link and improve both with focus on the rapidly changing Arctic region. Shortcomings in the monitoring of environmental change are concretized by examples of main gaps in the observations of Arctic hydroclimatic changes. For relevant identification and efficient reduction of such gaps and remaining uncertainties under typical conditions of limited monitoring resources, the proposed overarching framework for SEA application includes components for explicit gap/uncertainty handling and monitoring, systematically integrated within all steps of the SEA process. The framework further links to adaptive governance, which should explicitly consider key knowledge and information gaps that are identified through and must be handled in the SEA process, and accordingly (re)formulate and promote necessary new or modified monitoring objectives for bridging these gaps.

Keyword
Arctic, strategic environmental assessment, hydroclimatic change, climate change
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-136076 (URN)10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/044033 (DOI)000329604900040 ()2-s2.0-84891934551 (Scopus ID)
Funder
StandUpSwedish Research Council, 2007-8393
Note

QC 20140207

Available from: 2013-12-03 Created: 2013-12-03 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
3. Practitioner perspectives on conflicts and measures for green qualities in the Stockholm region
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Practitioner perspectives on conflicts and measures for green qualities in the Stockholm region
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-167997 (URN)
Note

QS 2015

Available from: 2015-05-25 Created: 2015-05-25 Last updated: 2015-05-25Bibliographically approved
4. Reaching compact green cities: A study of the provision of and pressure on cultural ecosystem services in Stockholm
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reaching compact green cities: A study of the provision of and pressure on cultural ecosystem services in Stockholm
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-168002 (URN)
Note

QS 2015

Available from: 2015-05-25 Created: 2015-05-25 Last updated: 2015-11-17Bibliographically approved
5. Impacts of urban development on biodiversity and ecosystem services
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Impacts of urban development on biodiversity and ecosystem services
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2016 (English)In: Handbook on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment / [ed] Davide Geneletti, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016, 167-194 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Global urbanization has increased rapidly and it is expected to continue. Due to the continuing urbanization process, green areas are transformed into areas for housing, industry and infrastructure. As a consequence, ecosystems in urbanizing areas are affected, which results in degradation of habitats, due to fragmentation and disturbances, with significant impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. In cities, green areas are of primary interest to support biodiversity as well as in their role as producers of ecosystem services; that is, services that ecosystems produce to the benefit of humans often without any costs. In addition, publicly accessible urban green areas enhance life quality for urban citizens. To strengthen biodiversity and ecosystem services considerations in the planning process and contribute to the preservation of biodiversity in the long term, a consistent assessment of potential impacts is required. In particular, a landscape approach in urban planning and assessment is needed to address the scales of ecological processes, to strengthen important landscape structures and functions in urban, regional and infrastructure planning. A landscape approach calls for methods for assessing the impacts of human actions on biodiversity at a landscape level, across administrative borders. Such methods should allow an analysis of cumulative impacts of many single planning decisions. Several of the processes involved have a temporal and spatial dimension and are possible to quantify, analyse, and visualize with geographical information systems (GIS) combined with spatial ecological models. This allows for localization and quantification of predicted effects of urbanization on biodiversity components over landscape and regional scales. This chapter addresses impacts of urbanization on biodiversity and urban green areas’ capacity in providing ecosystem services. A brief description of the role of biodiversity and ecosystem services provides a framework for a landscape approach in biodiversity assessments and for the practical examples from the Stockholm region. Related to the assessment, tools for predicting and assessing biodiversity impacts at a landscape level will be discussed as well as planning and management of urban green areas. The chapter concludes with lessons learned and key recommendations for best practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016
National Category
Environmental Management
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-168004 (URN)10.4337/9781783478996.00014 (DOI)9781783478989 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council FormasStandUp
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Accepted QP 201505

Available from: 2015-05-25 Created: 2015-05-25 Last updated: 2017-07-11Bibliographically approved

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