Translating best practice principles into criteria for evaluating the consideration of biodiversity in SEA practice

Gallardo, Amarilis Lucia Casteli Figueiredo, Aparecida da Conceição dos Santos, Cintia, Bond, Alan, Moretto, Evandro Mateus, Montaño, Marcelo and Athayde, Simone (2022) Translating best practice principles into criteria for evaluating the consideration of biodiversity in SEA practice. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. ISSN 1461-5517

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Abstract

Biodiversity is a core issue in the quest to achieve sustainable development. Although Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) includes biodiversity as an environmental component to consider in decision-making, its inclusion remains a challenge. Since the beginning of SEA practice, several guides have been proposed to address this challenge, but evaluating their success remains problematic. This paper, therefore, aims to develop an easily applied, criteria-based approach for evaluating the biodiversity assessment that takes place within SEA. A test application of the evaluation framework, based on the International Best Practice Principles on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in SEA, demonstrates its success in identifying whether the main elements of biodiversity were considered in a SEA report. However, the criteria focus on inclusion or exclusion of specific details, rather than the substance of the biodiversity consideration, and so further studies need to develop evaluative approaches for the substantive inclusion of biodiversity in SEA practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding: This work was supported by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), grants 2019/18988-9 (ALCFG); 2021/12252-0 (ALCFG) and 2019/17113-9 (EMM); by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), grants 303542/2020-9 (ALCFG) and 301861/2018-8(MM); and by the National Science Foundation (NSF), grant 1617413 (SA, EMM).
Uncontrolled Keywords: strategic environmental assessment,biodiversity,best practice principles,ecosystem services,brazil,environmental science(all),3*,international principles created ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 09:30
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2022 14:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/85336
DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2022.2084231

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