Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a process of assessing environmental implications of plans and programs. In the particular case of Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), it can also be an important tool to assess cumulative effects, which are defined as “changes to the environment that are caused by an action in combination with other past, present and future human actions” (Hegmann et al., 1999).
In the scope of SIMAtlantic project ( a survey on Cumulative Effects/Impacts Assessment (CEA/CIA) and SEA practices at national level was developed. The main objective is to identify approaches and methodologies used by different countries regarding SEA, CEA/CIA and Ecosystem services related to MSP. This survey intend to examine different experiences in the application of SEA to MSP, the methodologies used for CEA/CIA, and how were ecosystem services integrated and considered. It will allow us to identify the main adopted approaches and methodologies, as well as the main challenges in the SIMAtlantic countries.
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