SEA Resources and Guidance

EPA Guidance on SEA

Below are links to some of key SEA resources. A full list of EPA-published guidance documents and resources is available here.

We review and update our online resources on a regular basis to reflect current good practice, recent guidance and legislation. The SEA Effectiveness Review Report (EPA, 2012) includes information and case studies that may also be useful.

 

Guidance

 Summary

SEA of Land Use Plans - EPA Recommendations and Resources Key EPA recommendations for integrating environmental considerations into land-use plans, along with links to relevant data sources & lists of key relevant plans.
EPA's SEA Spatial Information Sources Provides a list of available environmental datasets for many environmental criteria
EPA's SEA Pack Overview of key SEA stages, key resources, SEA process checklists, worksheets to use when preparing an SEA  
EPA SEA Process Checklist Helpful checklist to assist practitioners in undertaking SEA

 

Relevant EPA Research Reports

 
ReportSummary
EPA Synthesis Report Synthesis Report on developing an SEA Methodology For Plans And Programmes in Ireland
Developing and Assessing Alternatives in SEA Guidance on methodologies to develop and assess alternatives in SEA
Integrating Climate Change into SEA How to integrate climate change into Plans and associated SEAs
SEAGIS Manual - Improving the evidence base Guidance on how GIS can be used to improve environmental assessments

Departmental Guidance

 
Guidance Summary
DHPLG Guidelines for Planning Authorities SEA guidelines for Regional and Planning Authorities on implementing the SEA Directive, published by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

European Commission Guidance

 
Guidance Summary
EC Guidance European Commission's Guidance on implementing the SEA Directive.

 

International Guidance & Resources

 
Guidance Summary
UK Guidance on SEA A Practical Guide to the SEA Directive published by the UK governments
Scottish SEA Guidance (2013) Guidance on SEA published by the Scottish government.
Scottish SEA Database SEA examples available on the Scottish SEA Database
FasTips on SEA Alternatives FasTips on SEA Alternatives published by the International Association for Impact Assessment