Strategic environmental assessment - SEA

Strategic Environmental Assesment (SEA) is a planning and development tool, used in an increasing number of countries and sectors to strengthen the sustainable development aspects in policy-making planning.

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Yassmin Al-Khatib

Yassmin Al-Khatib

Head of Environment & Land Development
T: +971 02 6584618

Sunil Ojha

Principal, Environmental & Health, India
T: +91 124 4611 999

The aim of SEA is to strengthen the sustainable development aspects in policy planning, to mainstream environmental concerns and to facilitate and encourage participation and transparency in planning and decision making processes, higher management, i.e. plans, programmes, policies, strategies and legislation. Ramboll has closely followed the development of SEA practice and is continually developing expertise in this emerging field.

SEA forms an improved basis for decisions

The SEA process provides an improved basis for decision-making by integrating environmental, social and economic aspects into planning. It encourages a participatory and transparent process.

Our Strategic Environmental Assesment experience

Ramboll has considerable experience in contributing to natural resource management, strategic planning, policymaking, participatory processes and capacity development.

Our expertise provides a good foundation for developing high quality SEAs. We have participated in SEAs in a wide range of sectors and countries. Ramboll is actively involved in several aspects of developing SEA systems. SEA can be a part of:

  • Macro-level strategies and plans
  • Policy reform
  • Country sector programmes
  • Infrastructure investments
  • Multi-project infrastructure programmes
  • Spatial development programmes
  • Trans-national planning
  • Country assistance strategies
  • Donor sector policies or sector frameworks.

SEA is also used in regional and local planning processes to ensure sustainable development on a local level. Ramboll cooperates with a number of international donor organisations that promote the use of SEA, such as the World Bank, EuropeAid, African Development Bank, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and Department for International Development, U.K.


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