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32783, World Bank, 2005. 4. 3. Stages and steps for undertaking SEA at the plan and programme level Many countries and agencies have developed SEA guidelines and procedures. So far, these are mainly aimed at strengthening plan and programme development and are based on an adaptation of the steps characteristic for EIA. 2). 2. Basic stages in SEA 1. Establishing the context for the SEA • Screening • Setting objectives • Identifying stakeholders 2. Implementing the SEA • Scoping (in dialogue with stakeholders) • Collecting baseline data • Identifying alternatives • Identifying how to enhance opportunities and mitigate impacts • Quality assurance • Reporting 3.

The obligation of public officials and decision makers to render account towards their citizens, and the society at large, regarding their plans of actions, their behaviour and the results of their actions) on a continuous basis as well as social learning, which is essential in order to raise more attention to environmental issues and to continuously improve the design of public policies. Key steps A first step is the identification of environmental priorities and assessing the advantages and disadvantages (through, for example, tangible and intangible benefits and costs) of different courses of actions with respect to the proposed policy on these priorities.

However, efficiency considerations may call for certain linkages to be closed or by-passed. This may require local farmers to transport produce to markets over longer distances and increase the impacts on regional roads and associated pollution. An SEA could evaluate the environmental and social costs and benefits of alternatives, outline the trade-offs that need to be considered, and make recommendations. 3. Improving the identification of new opportunities By encouraging a systematic examination of development options, SEA can help decision makers to identify new opportunities, thus avoiding the missed opportunities often associated with limited choices.

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