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Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)


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The aim of the SUMP Glossary is to provide a brief explanation of specialist words, terms and abbreviations relating to the subject of sustainable urban mobility planning. The Glossary has been prepared by the CH4LLENGE project and as a result, there is a particular focus on defining terms relating to the four key challenges of plan development studied by the project, namely: participation, cooperation, measure selection and monitoring & evaluation. It is envisaged that, over time, the international community of mobility practitioners will add to the content of the online Glossary and produce versions in different languages.
A simple structure has been followed so that users can search for words, terms and abbreviations in a standard alphabetic format. For each Glossary term, the following information is provided:
• a general definition and, where available, a specific definition relating to transport and mobility planning;
• an explanation of why the term is relevant to sustainable urban mobility planning; and
• references to sources.
The preparation of the Glossary, including the selection of terms and drafting of definitions, has been informed by a review of relevant reports, guidance documents and existing glossaries. The key reference is the European Union “Guidelines - Developing and implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan” prepared for the EC’s Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme by Rupprecht Consult (January 2014) and therefore this has not been identified as a source throughout the document. The outputs of the CH4LLENGE project have also provided a principal source of information and the official documents can be found at www.sump-challenges.eu.

Please note that not all the explanatory text is taken directly from the listed sources. The authors have sought to take established definitions and information as the basis and explain these in simple terms and relate them to the context of sustainable urban mobility planning where this was not previously the case.

By Admin Eltis / Posodobljeno: 28 May 2019

Definition – Strategic Environmental Assessmentinfo-icon (SEA) is a mandatory appraisalinfo-icon process that should be applied for transport plans/programmes that set the framework for the future development of projects listed in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive (1985, as amended in 1997, 2003 and 2009). SEA was made mandatory under the EC SEA Directive 2001/42/EC, which has been in force since 2001 and should have been transposed into national legislation by 2004. The SEA procedure can be summarised as follows: an environmental report is prepared in which the likely significant effects on the environmentinfo-icon and the reasonable alternatives of the proposed plan or programme are identified. The public and the environmental authorities are informed and consulted on the draft plan or programme and the related environmental report. The environmental report and the results of the consultations are taken into account before the adoption of the plan or programme.

Relevance to SUMP – The environmental report of the SEA and the results of the consultations should be taken into account before adoption of the SUMP. As the SEA involves the consideration of reasonable alternatives (e.g. alternative modes of transport) and their likely significant effects on the environment, this can inform the appraisal of different mobilityinfo-icon scenarios and measureinfo-icon selection.

Source: EC SEA 2014

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