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Resource Manual to Support Application of the SEA Protocol

Published: December 2011

Resource Manual to Support Application of the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment

Electronic-only publication, available in English, and Russian.

Informal translations by OSCE in Armenian, Azerbaijani and Georgian.

(ECE/MP.EIA/17, 208 pp.)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) was adopted in Kyiv in May 2003. The Protocol entered into force in July 2010 and, as of mid-2011. The Protocol is not limited to States in the ECE region; any Member State of the United Nations may accede upon approval to the Protocol.

This Resource Manual to Support Application of the Protocol on Strategic
Environmental Assessment was developed as decided by the Meeting of the Signatories to the Protocol in June 2004.

The Manual does not constitute formal legal or other professional advice, but
instead provides guidance to those applying the Protocol or supporting others in
doing so.


Abbreviations and Acronyms

Introduction to the Manual

0.1 Preamble

0.2 Purpose, target audience and status

0.3 Structure

0.4 Revision and adaptation of the manual

Part A: Application of the Protocol

Chapter A1 A brief introduction to strategic environmental assessment

A1.1 Introduction to the chapter

A1.2 What is SEA?

A1.3 Benefits and costs of SEA

A1.4 Guiding principles for application of SEA

A1.5 Some broader considerations

Chapter A2 Integration of SEA into plan and programme making

A2.1 Introduction to the Chapter

A2.2 Plan and programme making, SEA and the links between them

A2.3 Practical approaches to integrating SEA into plan and programme making

A2.4 Options for applying the Protocol during plan and programme making

Chapter A3 Determining whether plans and programmes require SEA under the Protocol

A3.1 Introduction to the Chapter

A3.2 Legal obligations

A3.3 Detailed description of tests

A3.4 Possible practical arrangements

Chapter A4 SEA of plans and programmes

A4.1 Introduction to the chapter

A4.2 Scoping and environmental report

A4.3 Public participation

A4.4 Consultation with authorities

A4.5 Transboundary consultations

A4.6 Decision

A4.7 Monitoring

Chapter A5 Overview of basic tools for SEA

A5.1 Introduction to the chapter

A5.2 Analytical and participatory tools in SEA

A5.3 Overview of basic analytical tools

A5.4 Overview of basic public participation tools

Chapter A6 Policies and legislation

A6.1 Introduction to the chapter

A6.2 Possible approaches

Part B: Trainer’s Guide

Chapter B1 Capacity-development framework for the Protocol

B1.1 Introduction to the chapter

B1.2 Introduction to capacity development for the Protocol

B1.3 Capacity assessment

B1.4 Tips for designing SEA capacity-development strategies

B1.5 Concluding remarks

Chapter B2 Example structure of practical exercise for use in training course on the Protocol

B2.1 Introduction to the chapter

B2.2 Tasks for work on a case study