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Title: Selecting environmental indicator for use in strategic environmental assessment

Abstract

The primary aim of carrying out Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is to provide for a high level of environmental protection and to integrate environmental considerations into the planning process. The SEA Directive (2001/42/EC) recommends monitoring to determine the environmental impact of the implementation of plans and programmes. Environmental indicators are a useful tool by which this impact may be measured. However, careful consideration must be given to developing a set of indicators in order to isolate, plan or programme specific impacts. Here, we demonstrate the effectiveness of a workshop-based approach to develop appropriate criteria for selecting environmental indicator for use in SEA. A multi-disciplinary team was used in the approach which consisted of representatives from each of four environmental fields i.e. biodiversity, water, air and climatic factors, together with SEA experts, planning experts, academics and consultants. The team reviewed various sets of criteria, already in existence, for environmental indicator development but not specifically for SEA indicators. The results of this review together with original criteria were applied to the final list agreed upon. Some of the criteria recommended includes, relevance to plan, ability to prioritise, and ability to identify conflict with other plan or SEA objectives.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [3]
  1. School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 (Ireland) and Environmental Protection Agency (Ireland). E-mail: Alison.Donnelly@tcd.ie
  2. School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 (Ireland)
  3. Environmental Protection Agency (Ireland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20972039
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Environmental Impact Assessment Review; Journal Volume: 27; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2006.10.006; PII: S0195-9255(06)00128-4; Copyright (c) 2006 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; INDICATORS; PLANNING; REVIEWS; SPECIES DIVERSITY

Citation Formats

Donnelly, Alison, Jones, Mike, O'Mahony, Tadhg, and Byrne, Gerry. Selecting environmental indicator for use in strategic environmental assessment. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2006.10.006.
Donnelly, Alison, Jones, Mike, O'Mahony, Tadhg, & Byrne, Gerry. Selecting environmental indicator for use in strategic environmental assessment. United States. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2006.10.006.
Donnelly, Alison, Jones, Mike, O'Mahony, Tadhg, and Byrne, Gerry. Thu . "Selecting environmental indicator for use in strategic environmental assessment". United States. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2006.10.006.
@article{osti_20972039,
title = {Selecting environmental indicator for use in strategic environmental assessment},
author = {Donnelly, Alison and Jones, Mike and O'Mahony, Tadhg and Byrne, Gerry},
abstractNote = {The primary aim of carrying out Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is to provide for a high level of environmental protection and to integrate environmental considerations into the planning process. The SEA Directive (2001/42/EC) recommends monitoring to determine the environmental impact of the implementation of plans and programmes. Environmental indicators are a useful tool by which this impact may be measured. However, careful consideration must be given to developing a set of indicators in order to isolate, plan or programme specific impacts. Here, we demonstrate the effectiveness of a workshop-based approach to develop appropriate criteria for selecting environmental indicator for use in SEA. A multi-disciplinary team was used in the approach which consisted of representatives from each of four environmental fields i.e. biodiversity, water, air and climatic factors, together with SEA experts, planning experts, academics and consultants. The team reviewed various sets of criteria, already in existence, for environmental indicator development but not specifically for SEA indicators. The results of this review together with original criteria were applied to the final list agreed upon. Some of the criteria recommended includes, relevance to plan, ability to prioritise, and ability to identify conflict with other plan or SEA objectives.},
doi = {10.1016/j.eiar.2006.10.006},
journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
number = 2,
volume = 27,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Mar 15 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Thu Mar 15 00:00:00 EDT 2007}
}