Developing and Assessing Alternatives in Strategic Environmental Assessment - Good Practice Guidance

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The SEA Alternatives project has incorporated systematic and extensive international and national consultation. Key stakeholders, practitioners and academics were consulted during the first phase of the preparation of the SEA Alternatives manual, to gain insight into current Irish practice and best international practice. The consultation process has also been used to initiate a national dialogue on what constitute reasonable, realistic and sustainable alternatives. It is anticipated that further consultation will be carried out at final draft stage to gather feedback and ensure that the proposed approaches are best suited to the Irish context.
This report presents a synthesis of the consultation process and its outcomes, highlighting the key issues affecting current practice and the principles for an effective and efficient consideration of alternatives as identified and proposed by consultees.

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Dr. Ainhoa González Del Campo 
National University of Ireland Maynooth

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Att 1    DRAFT_MOLAND_Lite_-_Land-use_Modelling_for_SEA_Alternatives_Development_and_Assessment.pdf   (1.38 Mb)
Att 2    DRAFT_SEA_Alternatives_good_practice_guidelines.pdf   (3.74 Mb)
Att 3    SEA_Spatial_Information_Sources____March2014.xlsx   (0.05 Mb)
Att 4    Final_Consultation_Report_25_September13.doc   (0.26 Mb)
Att 5    Final_Consultation_Report_25_September13.pdf   (0.2 Mb)

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Author(s)González Del Campo , A.
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Publication InformationDeveloping and Assessing Alternatives in Strategic Environmental Assessment - Good Practice Guidance
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Resource KeywordsStrategic Environmental Assessment, Alternatives, Spatial Data, Inventory, Information Sources
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2013-SL-DS-1
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeNot Applicable
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 5
Project Start Date Tuesday 28th February 2012 (28-02-2012)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Tuesday 28th February 2012 (28-02-2012)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 25th September 2013 (25-09-2013)
Published on SAFERThursday 6th February 2014 (06-02-2014)
Date of Last EditMonday 25th May 2015 at 15:53:39 (25-05-2015)
Datasets or Files Updated On Monday 25th May 2015 at 15:43:01 (25-05-2015)

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The attached Excel spreadsheet is an inventory of datasets, databases and data sources which are All Island and National in Scale. In some cases these datasets will be organised at different scales or resolutions.

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Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of certain plans and programmes is required by EU Directive 2001/42/EU
The National Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Technical Forum, in response to the recommendations of the 2012 SEA Effectiveness Review, prepared an action plan which, inter alia, recommended the development of a good practice guide to the development and assessment of alternatives for SEA.
The EPA issued a STRIVE call with the rationale of improving the identification and evaluation of 'alternatives' during Strategic Environmental Assessment .

The output from the project constitutes a Good Practice Guidance document.
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