This review of SEA is the first full consideration of the efficiency and effectiveness of the processes and practices within Scotland.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) led and authored this review, in association with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Historic Scotland and with the support of Scottish Government. It was also informed by a project steering group of wider partners and stakeholders.
The report summarises the main conclusions and sets out recommendations for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of SEA process and practice in Scotland.
The review had two key objectives:
Environmental protection and improvement
To identify the extent to which SEA helps to achieve effective environmental protection and improvement and sustainable development by integrating environmental considerations into the preparation of plans, programmes and strategies (PPSs) in Scotland.
To identify opportunities for improving and/or streamlining the SEA processes and practices to make it more efficient and proportionate for those undertaking SEAs or being consulted on them.
In considering these objectives, the review also covers a number of cross cutting issues such as:
> the coverage and usefulness of guidance;
> the role and performance of the statutory Consultation Authorities (CAs);
> how stakeholders and the wider public are engaged in the process.