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Methodological Development of Strategic Environmental Assessments in the Wastes Area - WR0220

An Environmental Assessment compliant with the SEA Directive is required as part of the review of Waste Strategy 2000. Defra will require support from specialist environmental consultants to undertake this, and will be seeking this via competitive tender. A required precursor is the preparation of a scoping report and method development, which is covered by this project. The SEA Directive being a new requirement, Defra lacks knowledge in undertaking this preliminary work. This study therefore seeks to capitalise on prior knowledge developed in undertaking the recent SEA for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which was managed by Mark Hannan of n-ovation.

Mark Hannan was recommended to us by Roger Smithson of the ODPM (he is the central contract in the ODPM, the Government department with the primary responsibility for SEA). Roger emphasized his project management skills and the fact that he successfully chaired the SEA process for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority confirmed this to us.

Given the relatively low value of the assignment (£ 8306) and the lack of experience of undertaking SEAs at the strategic level, a tendering exercise is unlikely to have identified a more cost-effective solution. In addition, tendering the work will only serve to delay the commissioning of the main body of work with respect to Waste Strategy 2000.

In doing to, the project will identify and explore environmental baselines data and indicators, which are the central plank of the SEA. These are not simply narrow waste indicators but also broader indicators which include the impact of waste, such as water quality, and will entail research into existing data sets and the development of an assessment process for the waste strategy review. This work will build on the extensive experience recently gained in undertaking the SEA for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and will establish a precedent for future SEA`s in the waste arena and more wildly within Defra.
1) Identify appropriate environmental and SEA objectives, taking into account Directive requirements and recent OPDM guidance.

2) Investigate appropriate quantitive and qualitative environmental baselines indicators capable of describing these objectives.

3) Establish through statutory consultation the environmental criteria for the SEA; and,

4) in light of the above, identify the requirements and methodological elements for delivering the Environmental Report. The Environmental Report will contain as assessment of the environmental effects of the policy options. The objective of the project is to develop a process and methodology which can serve as a precedent for future Environmental Reports
Project Documents
• Final Report : Scoping report - Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Waste Strategy Review   (171k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2005

Cost: £8,500
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Decision Support Tools              
Decision support tools for strategic development              
Environmental Impacts              
Environmental Protection              
Policy Analysis/Evaluation              
Policy Development              
SEA - Strategic Environmental Assessment              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management