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 prior to their final adoption. The objectives of SEA are to provide for a high level of protection of the environment and to promote sustainable development.


EPA's Role as an SEA Environmental Authority

The EPA is one of the five Environmental Authorities specified in the SEA Regulations. We must be consulted in all cases at the SEA screening, scoping and environmental report/draft plan stages. Our role as an SEA Environmental Authority focuses on promoting full integration of the findings of the SEA into the Plan and advocating that the key environmental challenges for Ireland for addressed, with a priority focus on key national and regional plans. It is not the function of the EPA, as an SEA Environmental Authority, to either approve or enforce the Plan or SEA.