D3.2 Cumulative Impacts and Strategic Environmental Assessment: Literature review

Abstract: 

This paper has been developed within the context of the SIMAtlantic project that aims to support the establishment and implementation of Maritime Spatial Plans in line with MSP Directive requirements. This deliverable is a literature review looking at cumulative impacts, strategic environmental assessment and ecosystem services in a maritime spatial planning context in the European sea basins.

Sea Basin(s): 
Year: 
January 2021
Application in MSP: 
Unknown effect
Sectors: 
Nature protection
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
Type of practice: 
Study
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Stocktake
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Yes
Coherence with other processes: 
Common Fisheries Policy
Habitats and Birds Directive
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • How were the SEA, CEA/CIA and Ecosystem Services, related to the MSP process, developed in various countries?

Implementation Context:

The report was produced within the framework of the SIMAtlantic project.

Aspects / Objectives:

This Literature Review will analyse some examples of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA) / Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) and Ecosystem Services related to the MSP process.

Method:

Some examples of the methodologies applied, and tools developed by different countries are used for SEA, CEA/CIA and ES. These examples were chosen based on the availability of information and published results. The literature review is concluded with an identification of challenges and opportunities for SEA, CEA/CIA and ES which will be helpful to the development of the SIMAtlantic case study #3 “Transboundary Impact Assessment” between Portugal and Spain.

Main Outputs / Results:

It represents a literature review focusing on cumulative impacts, strategic environmental assessment and ecosystem services in a maritime spatial planning context in the European sea basins.

Transferability:

The methodology provided is applicable for characterisation of other marine regions.

Responsible Entity:

SIMAtlantic project.

Funding Source:

This document was produced as part of the SIMAtlantic project (Grant Agreement: EASME/EMFF/2018/1.2.1.5/SI2.806423-SIMAtlantic). 

Contact person:

SIMAtlantic project.