Title: Development and practices of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in China

Authors: Cun-kuan Bao, Yong-shen Lu, Jin-cheng Shang

Addresses: State Key Laboratory on Pollution Control and Resources Reuse, School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China. ' State Key Laboratory on Pollution Control and Resources Reuse, School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China. ' Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024, China

Abstract: The paper introduces the research and practices of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in China, including the definition of plan environmental impact assessment (PEIA), its political and legal basis, mode for combining SEA into integration of environment and development in decision-making (IEDD). Then, an operational procedure and methods used for SEA in China, and particularly the enforcement framework of SEA, i.e. subject of implementation, object of SEA, elements and scope, analysing the correlation of different implemented subjects and their responsibility, are discussed. Nine practical case studies are exemplified in this paper, and finally some proposals are given.

Keywords: strategic environmental assessment; SEA; plan EIA; integration of environment and development in decision-making; IEDD; procedure and methods; China.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2004.004177

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2004 Vol.21 No.1, pp.64 - 79

Published online: 01 Apr 2004 *

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