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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Environmentally and socially sustainable policies are essential for good
governance. Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is the key tool for
integrating environmental considerations into policies, programs and plans. SEA
has been used extensively for programs and plans, but has less frequently been
applied to policies. In the cases where it is applied, the very unusual nature
of policy formulation as an ongoing, iterative and adaptive process, rather
than a linear, rational process, often has meant that SEA, as applied, has had
limited success in influencing decision-making. This book focuses on SEA
applied to policies and analyzes how the SEA process could potentially be more
effective at influencing decision-makers. Through lessons learned from previous
use of SEA on policies, it draws lessons on the strengths and weaknesses of
current SEA methodology. It then goes on to analyze how policies are formulated
and implemented and proposes a new conceptual framework for conducting SEA of
policies that potentially could be more useful in influencing decision-makers
to integrate environmental sustainability considerations into policy
formulation and implementation. Strategic Environmental Assessment for
Policies: An Instrument for Good Governance is the third title in the
Environment and Development Series. This new series from World Bank
Publications covers current and emerging issues in order to promote debate and
broaden the understanding of environmental challenges as integral to equitable
and sustained economic growth.