Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) looks to ensure that environmental and sustainability impacts are integrated into government policy, planning and programme making at a high-level. SEA links to environmental impact assessment, or EIA, which provides detail at a project level. It is often included within the process of Sustainability Assessment.

This topic covers the implementation of the EU Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive.

Further information on environmental assessments and planning can be found in the topics on Environmental Impact Assessment, The Planning System and Wildlife and Countryside Protection.

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