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Title: The handling of causality in SEA guidance

Causality, or the relation of cause and effect, is a fundamental notion in science, planning, and management. It is also a fundamental notion in impact assessment, as it relates action proposals with environmental impacts. Building on recent research about causality in impact assessment, this article turns to Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and examines eleven guidance documents to see whether and how they handle causality. The findings of this research, in line with results from similar research in EIA, indicate a weak handling of causality with regards to instruction, obligation, and theoretical support. The recommendations are to investigate the reasons for the observed trend, as there is no evidence in the guidance documents themselves, and to have the fundamental premise of causality in impact assessment safeguarded in future SEA guidance.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. Departamento de Engenharia Biologica e Ambiental, Universidade de Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Apartado 1013, 5001-801 Vila Real (Portugal). E-mail: tasso@utad.pt
  2. Department Stadtoekologie, Umweltplanung und Veerkehr, UFZ-Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig-Halle GmbH, Permoserstrasse 15, 04318 Leipzig (Germany). E-mail: marie.hanusch@ufz.de
  3. Department Stadtoekologie, Umweltplanung und Veerkehr, UFZ-Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig-Halle GmbH, Permoserstrasse 15, 04318 Leipzig (Germany). E-mail: hans.kasperidus@ufz.de
  4. Department Stadtoekologie, Umweltplanung und Veerkehr, UFZ-Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig-Halle GmbH, Permoserstrasse 15, 04318 Leipzig (Germany). E-mail: ulrike.weiland@ufz.de
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20972040
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.2006.09.001; PII: S0195-9255(06)00122-3; 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 POLICY; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; PLANNING; PROPOSALS; RECOMMENDATIONS