Part I : What is SEA?

While there are different definitions adopted in different countries, it is generally agreed that SEA is a systematic process for evaluating strategic environmental implications of proposed policies, plans and programmes (PPPs) and alternatives during the early stage of decision-making process. SEA has been widely adopted in many countries as a tool to facilitate integration of environmental considerations into PPP formulation processes and to facilitate the achievement of long term sustainability.


What is SEA ?
“A systematic process, with multi-stakeholder involvement, for analysing and evaluating environmental implications of proposed policies, plans and programmes, for assisting in strategic or planning decision-making; and for following up strategic or planning decisions.”


Source : Mr. Elvis AU , Assistant Director (Environmental Assessment and Noise), Environmental Protection Department, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (2004)