From tool technique to tool practice
Experiences from the project SEAMLESS: Strategic Environmental Assessment and Management in Local authoritiES in Sweden.
Olof Hjelm, Sara Gustafsson, Aleh Cherp.
This is the final report from the project SEAMLESS, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Management in Local authoritiES in Sweden. It was a joint project between Environmental Technology and Management, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University and the International Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University. SEAMLESS has been a part of the research programme Tools for environmental assessment in strategic decision making, MiSt.
The aim of SEAMLESS was to explore conceptual foundations as well as feasibility of establishing better operational and methodological linkages between tools for strategic environmental planning, assessment and management, especially between SEA and EMS in local authorities. The rationale for the study was that local authorities are important actors on the environmental arena, which make and implement a large number of decisions directly and indirectly affecting the environment. A multitude of different systems and tools have been developed to support environmental management at local authorities and an integrated use of different tools can have various benefits. The project has dealt with an issue central to the MiSt-programme: effectiveness of tools must be seen in the light of both the underlying theories and assumptions of tools and on the context in which they are applied.