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Policy SEA: lessons from development co-operation

Journal article
Authors A. Axelsson
D. Annandale
M. Cashmore
Daniel Slunge
Anders Ekbom
F. Loayza
R. Verheem
Published in Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal
Volume 30
Issue 2
Pages 124-129
ISSN 1461-5517
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Economics, Environmental Economics Unit
Pages 124-129
Language en
Keywords strategic environmental assessment; development co-operation; institutions; governance; learning
Subject categories Economics


This professional practice report reflects upon lessons learned from piloting and evaluating an innovative approach to policy strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in developing countries. The primary analytical focuses of the approach are institutions and governance characteristics, plus it places strong emphasis on learning. The piloting provides valuable insights about the conduct of SEA at the policy level and in socio-political where there is limited experience with SEA. From our observations we reflect upon the importance of appropriate ownership of an SEA; the practical implications of working in contested political environments; the challenges in using SEA as a tool to promote good governance; and the centrality of a long-term perspective to environmental and social mainstreaming.

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