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Strategic Environmental Assessment in Transport and Land Use Planning

By: Thomas B Fischer

284 pages, Figs, tabs


Paperback | Dec 2002 | #123679 | ISBN: 1853838128
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Assessing the full scale of environmental impacts is essential for effective planning of transport and land use. This is an analysis of transport and land-use planning using strategic environmental assessment (SEA). It establishes the effectiveness of SEA through comparative studies of practice in three countries: Britain, the Netherlands and Germany. The author shows that use of SEA is widespread but far from systematic. He demonstrates the advantages of adopting a systematic application of a comprehensive form of SEA derived from all the major current approaches. Only once this approach is fully understood and systematically applied will all the full benefits be achieved and environmental impacts be minimalized.

'This study is timely.' UNEP Industry and Environment 'A significant empirical contribution Fischer has made to the SEA literature.' European Environment - The Journal of European Environmental Policy


How to systematically conduct SEA research; organization of planning; policies, plans and programmes; SEA practice; opinions and attitudes of authorities; the consideration of sustainability aspects; potential benefits from SEA application; overview and synthesis; conclusions.

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Thomas Fischer is a senior researcher at the Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS) in Erkner, near Berlin.

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