Theme and focus
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is part of a family of related impact and decision-making tools that have developed globally since the 1990s. The European Union and its Member States, in partnership with regions of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, has been one of the most active supporters in the application of SEA as a driver for sustainable decision making, incorporating SEA into the heart of its legal instruments. Frameworks for SEA have also emerging internationally and within key economic development sectors. SEA practice has also extended into donor assistance activities, particularly within the lending operations of International Finance Institutions.
Key issues we are inviting consideration and contributory papers within this complex and evolving field include:
- How to design effective legal & policy frameworks for SEA enabling its optimal application in planning, programming and policy-making?
- What are the critical interfaces between SEA and the needs of decision-makers?
- What advances in SEA practice have occurred since 2010, and has the application of SEA successfully integrated consideration of economic, social and environmental implications into higher tier development proposals?
- What experience have practitioners had in applying SEA tools? What methods can be effectively applied in SEA in addition to the traditional impact assessment techniques known from project-level EIA? How do these vary between planning, programming and policy making levels respectively
- What lessons in current practice can be drawn from recent case studies? Do these stand out as beacons of good practice or lessons to be learnt from?
- How can national or regional scale public participation in SEA ever be carried out effectively? What are the unique characteristics, processes and tools in enabling informative stakeholder consultations within SEA?
This inaugural conference of the Tallinn Forum on Advances in European SEA Practice provides a rare international opportunity for Europe’s SEA community of leading Practitoner and administrators to gather and debate current practice.
The conference will offer plenaries, focused workshops and free paper sessions to discuss specific topics and sectors of SEA interest and concern, examine best practice case studies and learn how SEA is influencing the promotion of sustainable development.
Position papers and the preliminary program of the conference will be available on 1st of March 2019 at www.sea-conference.eu. A general call will be made for, and priority given to:
- partnership case studies between SEA client & consultants that elaborate the main themes of the workshops
- papers that respond to position papers
Since the focus of the conference will be to promote best practice, the Program & Technical Committees will review submitted case studies and papers and invite those that are most likely to effectively stimulate discussion or debate.
There will be opportunities to present short research papers during some sessions, as well as posters. For an additional fee, an Academic seminar will be held preceding the Conference on Current Approaches within the Pedagogy of SEA as well as Training courses on SEA topics during the week before the conference start. The conference & its related forums will all be held in English.