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Strategic Environmental Assessment

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is the process by which environmental considerations are required to be fully integrated into the preparation of Plans and Programmes and prior to their final adoption.

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The objectives of the SEA process are to provide for a high level of protection of the environment and to promote sustainable development by contributing to the integration of environmental considerations into the preparation and adoption of specified Plans and Programmes.

Following the requirements of the EC Directive 2001/42, SEA and Sustainability Appraisals (SA) are being approached in various sectors to help improve the environmental sustainability of public plans and programmes and to provide an assessment of the interaction of existing plans and programmes in combination with the proposed project.

ECOFACT follow the legislative requirements and available guidelines for undertaking these assessments. We can provide:

  • Baseline and Scoping reports as a precursor to a full SEA
  • Assessment of alternatives
  • EIA/EIS
  • Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)
  • Mitigations and Monitoring Schedules
  • Full SEA

ECOFACT’s experience in strategic environmental assessment and planning is applied to all SEA projects undertaken for both public and private sector clients.

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  • Marine and estuarine ecology surveys

    Marine and estuarine ecological surveys are a key service provided by ECOFACT. These surveys are undertaken for a number of purposes, including informing the Environmental Impact Assessments and Article 6 Appropriate Assessments of proposed developments affecting the marine / estuarine environment. These surveys are also to monitor the impact of industrial and municipal discharges and aquaculture […]

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    The gallery below is a selection of photos from the aquatic ecology survey work we completed during August and September 2015. The surveys here are being undertaken to inform projects such as the management of waste water treatment plants and water abstraction schemes. The work will also be used to inform environmental impact assessments and appropriate assessments of proposed […]

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