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About this book
About this book
Strategic Environmental Assessment in Australasia provides an authoritative, up-to-date report on the state of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in Australia and New Zealand, at a time of gathering momentum for recognition of SEA as a necessary and legitimate part of natural resources management.
SEA is the application of environmental assessment to policies, plans and programs. It seeks to address, as early as possible, and on a par with social and economic impacts, what environmental impacts may occur, and what measures should be taken to avoid or ameliorate these impacts.
In Australia and New Zealand, SEA remains the poor relation to project related environmental impact assessment (EIA) with the result that project related EIA still commonly takes place in a vacuum of strategic and cumulative environmental assessment.
Contents Preface - Gerry Bates - Environmental Law Consultant Part 1 - SEA and Sustainability Strategic environmental assessment: an international overview Simon Marsden, Environment Agency, UK Too deep a SEA? Strategic environmental assessment in the era of sustainability Stephen Dovers, Australian National University, Canberra ACT Part 2 - Legal Frameworks Strategic environmental assessment and fisheries management in Australia: how effective is the Commonwealth legal framework? Simon Marsden, Environment Agency, UK Strategic environmental assessment: legislative developments in Western Australia Jim Malcolm, Department of Environment, Water and Catchment Protection, Western Australia Part 3 - SEA of Policies and Plans Applying SEA to policy-making: the policy cycle model and the Queensland Policy Handbook Lex Brown and Tracey Nitz, Griffith University, Queensland Requirements of European tiered planning systems: SEA approaches and tools of general application Thomas Fischer, Department of Civic Design, University of Liverpool Part 4 - Links with Other Environmental Management Instruments Linkages between project-based EIA and the use of 'ad hoc' SEA for Australian coastal development Nick Harvey, University of Adelaide, South Australia The Oceanport integrated assessment experience: what role for SEA in Tasmania? John Hayes, Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment, Tasmania Part 5 - Applications and Perspectives The Australian Regional Forest Agreement process: a case study in strategic natural resource assessment John Ashe, Environmental Consultant, Canberra ACT Strategic environmental assessment: a business perspective Steven Mnchenberg, Business Council of Australia, Victoria All at SEA? Strateguc environmental assessment in New Zealand Jennifer Dixon, University of Auckland Conclusions: prospects for SEA Simon Marsden and Stephen Dovers
[T]hose with an interest in the environmental assessment process will find something new and interesting in this compilation, including food for thought and encouragement to pursue SEA further. My own conclusions, after reading this book, are not optimistic. From the case studies presented it seems that governments ... are extermely reluctant to subject their own policies to environmental scrutiny. ... The book's most frightening message, though hardly surprising, is that Australia's current commonwealth government really has no interest in sustainability ... - Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, Vol 10(1), March 2003