SEA - Alternatives development for household waste management

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The methodology that was used in the development of criteria for setting SEA alternatives in this research included a number of phases:
1. An assessment of criteria as set out under the EU SEA Directive, national legislation and guidelines was undertaken
2. An assessment of a sample set of SEAs in Ireland to determine criteria currently in use was
3. A questionnaire of potential criteria was circulated
to all SEA practitioners (consultants and local
authority staff) active in Ireland during the
research period
4. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with a
sample set of SEA professionals, responsible
authorities and statutory consultees to elicit views on existing and potential criteria and to comment on a proposed decision-making framework, and 5. Assessment of the approach in the context of waste management planning.

Utilising a structured, criteria-based approach to the development of alternatives within SEA leads to the generation of options that not only satisfy the requirements of the Directive, but also meet international and national standards. Perhaps, more importantly, in following the approach set out, opportunities now exist to enhance the central aim of SEA: the achievement of sustainable development through the integration of environmental considerations into plan and programme making. In addition, in utilising this transparent and user-friendly
approach, the potential for environmental conflict
should be mitigated because the underlying reasons
for making particular decisions should become

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Dr. Margaret Desmond
Environmental Protection Agency

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Author(s)Desmond, M.
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Publication InformationSEA - Alternatives development for household waste management
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Resource KeywordsStrategic Environmental Assessment Household wase management SEA
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2004-LA-FS-21-M2
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeWaste and Resource Management
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 4
Project Start Date Thursday 1st January 2004 (01-01-2004)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Thursday 1st January 2004 (01-01-2004)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Thursday 31st January 2008 (31-01-2008)
Published on SAFERMonday 22nd December 2008 (22-12-2008)
Date of Last EditMonday 22nd December 2008 at 13:05:54 (22-12-2008)
Datasets or Files Updated On Monday 22nd December 2008 at 13:05:54 (22-12-2008)

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The primary aims of the research are to develop guidance on the identification and development of alternatives within SEA for use in land-use planning and waste management planning. The project did not initiate any data collection or generation activities. The waste management planning and land-use planning under observation covers the island of Ireland.

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This work is one of a number of projects funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Environmental Research Technological Development and Innovation (ERTDI) Programme (2000?2006) to work on different aspects of the SEA methodology. This work represents an original piece of research based entirely on the Irish experience of SEA within different sectors and tiers of environmental decision making. The findings of this research have a wider application to the International impact assessment
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The main recommendation from this research is that the criteria and decision framework should be used by SEA practitioners to generate alternatives that are ?real?, robust and meet national and EU policy and legislative requirements. While the combinations or bundling of criteria will invariably differ for sectors, scales and levels of decision making, in utilising the approach reasonable alternatives will be generated. In addition, at a minimum, the criteria can be used by practitioners and assessors of SEA to test for the quality of alternatives generated and for the
effectiveness of the process. However, while seeming simple, in practice some institutional and behavioural change will be necessitated by practitioners if the method is to be properly utilised.
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