There are two Directives that need to be complied with to ensure that any projects meet environmental responsibility and safety guidelines. These are, for individual projects, Directive 85/337/EEC, as amended (known as 'Environmental Impact Assessment' – EIA Directive) or for public plans or programmes on the basis of Directive 2001/42/EC (known as 'Strategic Environmental Assessment' – SEA Directive). These two Directives on Environmental Assessment are essential to ensure compliance with sustainable development.
According to the Environment Agency, "a Strategic Environmental Assesment (SEA) is intended to increase the consideration of environmental issues during decision making related to strategic documents such as plans, programmes and strategies. The SEA identifies the significant environmental effects that are likely to result from the implementation of the plan or alternative approaches to the plan. The findings of the assessment are presented in an environmental report that is consulted upon, with the public, alongside a draft of the plan. Issues raised in the environmental report and in responses to the consultation must be considered by the plan-maker before the plan is formally adopted."
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