Environment and development

Strategic environmental assessment (SEA)


Strategic environmental assessment consists of a range of analytical and participatory approaches that aim to integrate environmental considerations into policies, plans and programmes and evaluate the inter-linkages with economic and social considerations.


As development agencies switch their emphasis from supporting individual projects to providing support for broad policies and strategies, SEAs are becoming more urgent and necessary. But while these assessments are widely considered the best way forward, moving from concept to action and towards results has varied.


Our involvement in the Strategic Environmental Assessment Network has enabled us to produce guidance notes to promote a more harmonised, effective approach to SEA, working alongside key donor and development agencies.  


Publications and events include:

» Consult SEA in Development Practice: A Review of Recent Experience (2012)

» Applying Strategic Environmental Assessment: Good Practice Guidance for Development Co-operation (2006)

» Access the library of documents

» SEA and Green Economy - workshop organised by the OECD DAC/ENVIRONET Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Task Team, 17-18 January 2013


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