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SEA: The uneven development of the environment?

Authors
Journal
Environmental Impact Assessment Review
0195-9255
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
17
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0195-9255(97)00031-0
Disciplines
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Geography

Abstract

Abstract From examination of theory and practice, it is observed that strategic environmental assessment (SEA) extends the spatial reach of environmental assessment, providing greater scope for offsetting environmental degradation with environmental enhancement. We label this concurrent enhancement and degradation “uneven development of the environment.” We argue this uneven development does not resolve the conflict between economic development and the environment. Instead, SEA displaces and defers the conflict.

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