This volume gathers a selection of research contributions on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), including theoretical and methodological studies and real-world case studies. It sheds new light on the respective steps in the procedure defined in the SEA Directive from theoretical and operational standpoints, intended to enhance the sustainability of plans and programmes adopted by local, regional and national authorities. Improving the legitimacy and transparency of decision-making in the field of environmental management was one of the goals that led the European Commission (EU) to adopt Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of environmental programmes' effects. This book provides a multidisciplinary approach to SEA, and addresses the demand for policies and strategies to strengthen resilience through concrete measures to reduce energy consumption, mitigate pollution, promote social inclusion and create urban identity.
Strategic Environmental Assessment: an overview of the European experiences.- The strategic environmental assessment in Italy.- Scenario analysis and strategic environmental assessment.- An integrated decision support system for the sustainable evaluation of pavement technologies.- An Application of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) in the SEA Process of a Cross-border Transport Strategy: the Veneto-Austria Corridor.- Urban Strategies in the Legislation of the Veneto Region and the SEA.- The effectiveness of SEA in evaluating the land consumption. An analysis on 100 SEAs in Lombardy, Italy.- A tourist territory between the lagoon and the sea: a strategy for a dynamic and lasting development.- Methodological Integrations between SEA and Plan "Design". The Case of the Urban and Regional Planning for the Municipality of Jesolo.- An Elaboration of the land use plan in relation to the environmental constraints. Social Demands.