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.
[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
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