Enhancing environmental integration in strategic environmental assessment (SEA): insight from sensitivity analysis

Vincent Onyango (Lead / Corresponding author)

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This paper explores the potential of sensitivity analysis to improve the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process and enhance environmental integration. It applies the Sensitivity Model Prof. Vester to the England SEA process, following two objectives: (1) establishing how different strategic environmental assessment (SEA) elements affect environmental integration; and (2) establishing the sensitivity of the SEA process in terms of response to change. The findings showed that no single element was critical to enhancing environmental integration. Several elements, acting as sources of uncertainty, leverage or stability in the process, were also identified, highlighting their potential as priority targets for process improvement. It is concluded that sensitivity analysis can supplement current expert-led approaches to SEA improvement by (1) identifying elements likely to influence environmental integration and (2) testing the likely performance of recommendations for process improvement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1149 - 1167
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Issue number7
Early online date31 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2016


  • strategic environmental assessment
  • environmental integration
  • process
  • process elements
  • sensitivity analysis
  • cybernetics


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