Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 Briefing

16th June 2005

Strategic Environmental Assessment is a tool for factoring in environmental consideration at the beginning of the decision making process. Enshrining SEA in primary legislation, fit for Scotland, is a significant step towards factoring the environment into decision making. The introduction and application of Strategic Environmental Assessment should help us avoid many long-term costs of having to rectify environmental damage arising from inappropriate policy decisions.

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