Sea Guidelines. A Comparative Analysis: First Outcomes

  • Andrea De Montis Dipartimento di Agraria, University of Sassari, viale Italia 39, 07100 Sassari, Italy
  • Antonio Ledda Dipartimento di Agraria, University of Sassari, viale Italia 39, 07100 Sassari, Italy
  • Simone Caschili UCL QASER Lab & Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London Gower Street, London, UK
  • Amedeo Ganciu Dipartimento di Agraria, University of Sassari, viale Italia 39, 07100 Sassari, Italy
  • Mario Barra Dipartimento di Agraria, University of Sassari, viale Italia 39, 07100 Sassari, Italy
  • Gianluca Cocco Servizio della sostenibilità ambientale, valutazione impatti e sistemi informativi ambientali, Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, via Roma 80, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
  • Agnese Marcus Servizio della sostenibilità ambientale, valutazione impatti e sistemi informativi ambientali, Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, via Roma 80, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
Keywords: Strategic environmental assessment, European Union, Guidance documents

Abstract

The European Directive 2001/42/EC (Directive) has introduced the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), a procedure for assessing the effects of certain plans and programs on the environment. The Directive has been transposed in different ways and times within Europe: member states have frequently drawn up guidelines to facilitate SEA implementation, by adopting different approaches. So far a few studies have been performed to analyze SEA guidelines. In this paper we aim to analyze key elements of SEA guidelines released by seven European countries in order to evaluate the effectiveness of those documents and SEA implementation. We have found that no SEA guidelines satisfy all key elements we have identified. Based on the latter finding, this work is introductory to a further analysis which aims to characterize SEA guidelines and define a proposal of SEA guidelines for landscape planning in the Italian region of Sardinia.

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Author Biographies

Andrea De Montis, Dipartimento di Agraria, University of Sassari, viale Italia 39, 07100 Sassari, Italy
Civil engineer (laurea cum laude at the University of Cagliari, Italy), is associate professor at Dipartimento di Agraria, University of Sassari, Italy. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Economic Policy and Planning, Northeastern University, Boston, USA, and a Ph.D. in Urban and Spatial Planning Techniques, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy. His research focuses on evaluation in spatial, environmental and landscape planning. Prof De Montis is principal investigator of the research project “Efficacia ed efficienza della governance paesaggistica e territoriale in Sardegna: il ruolo della VAS e delle IDT” [Efficacy and efficiency of landscape and environmental governance in Sardinia: the role of SEA and of SDI] funded by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia.
Antonio Ledda, Dipartimento di Agraria, University of Sassari, viale Italia 39, 07100 Sassari, Italy

Master’s degree in planning and management of environment and rural areas (laurea cum laude at the University of Sassari, Italy), is a research fellow at Dipartimento di Agraria, University of Sassari, Italy, in the project: “Efficacia ed efficienza della governance paesaggistica e territoriale in Sardegna: il ruolo della VAS e delle IDT” [Efficacy and efficiency of the landscape and environmental governance in Sardinia: the role of SEA and of SDI] founded by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia. His research mainly focuses on strategic environmental assessment applied within spatial planning.

Simone Caschili, UCL QASER Lab & Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London Gower Street, London, UK
Ph.D. in Land Engineering and Urban Planning, is a research associate at Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL) and senior fellow of the UCL QASER Lab where he directs his research interests on the application of complexity theory to the study of regional transportation, international trade and maritime shipping. A part of his research interest regards the modelling of regional systems, spatial-temporal and economic complex networks and policy evaluation for planning in both transport and environmental governance. He serves as referee for international scientific journals in various subjects.
Amedeo Ganciu, Dipartimento di Agraria, University of Sassari, viale Italia 39, 07100 Sassari, Italy
Environmental and urban planner, graduated at the University Institute of Architecture of Venice, Italy and took a master degree in Landscape Dynamics and GIScience at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Currently is a research fellow at Dipartimento di Agraria, University of Sassari, Italy in the project: “Efficacia ed efficienza della governance paesaggistica e territoriale in Sardegna: il ruolo della VAS e delle IDT” [Efficacy and efficiency of the landscape and environmental governance in Sardinia: the role of SEA and of SDI] founded by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia.
Mario Barra, Dipartimento di Agraria, University of Sassari, viale Italia 39, 07100 Sassari, Italy

Associate professor in rural buildings and agro-forestry systems at Dipartimento di Agraria, University of Sassari. He focuses on agricultural buildings and facilities design, livestock farming, agro-industrial buildings, spatial, environmental and landscape analysis and planning, and the recovery traditional rural buildings.

Gianluca Cocco, Servizio della sostenibilità ambientale, valutazione impatti e sistemi informativi ambientali, Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, via Roma 80, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
Civil engineer (laurea cum laude at the University of Cagliari, Italy), is currently the director of the Service of environmental sustainability, impact assessment and environmental information systems, Department of environmental protection, Autonomous Region of Sardinia – Italy.
Agnese Marcus, Servizio della sostenibilità ambientale, valutazione impatti e sistemi informativi ambientali, Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, via Roma 80, 09123 Cagliari, Italy

Environmental engineer,  works currently in the Service of environmental sustainability, impact assessment and environmental information systems, Department of environmental protection, Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Strategic Environmental Assessment) – Italy. In addition, she practices as an environmental engineer in the field of environmental impact assessment.

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Published
2014-05-14
How to Cite
De Montis, A., Ledda, A., Caschili, S., Ganciu, A., Barra, M., Cocco, G., & Marcus, A. (2014). Sea Guidelines. A Comparative Analysis: First Outcomes. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment. https://doi.org/10.6092/1970-9870/2484