GISEA Manual - Improving the Evidence Base in SEA

Summary: This manual is intended to be a guidance document for the application of Geographic Information Systems as a tool to enhance the evidence base in environmental assessment.

Published: 2017

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Pages: 56

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Format: pdf

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This manual is intended to be a guidance document for the application of Geographic Information Systems as a tool to enhance the evidence base in environmental assessment.

It provides recommendations for the application of GIS to support Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive. It may also be relevant in the context of Appropriate Assessment (AA) under the Habitats Directive, the primary focus is, however on the SEA process.

The SEA related legislative instruments have been transposed in Ireland through the Irish SEA Regulations (Statutory Instruments No. 435 and 436 of 2004, and 200 and 201 of 2011, and the Planning and Development Act 2000). The manual also draws upon the requirements for spatial information established in Directive 2007/02/EC, also known as the INSPIRE Directive.


Although it applies to land-use planning in particular, the recommendations and GIS applications are also transferable to other plans, programmes and assessments, such as those related to the Water Framework and Flood Risk Directives. They are equally transferable to offshore SEAs and to Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs).

In all cases, the recommendations are not intended as an interpretation of the law and the manual does not represent a legally binding document.