Strategic environmental assessment implementation of transport and mobility plans. The case of Italian regions and provinces

Submitted: 29 September 2015
Accepted: 24 January 2016
Published: 10 June 2016
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Transport and mobility plans imply strategies and actions that affect the environment. The European Union has introduced in 2001 the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) to take into account and mitigate adverse environmental effects in planning and decision-making. SEA limited implementation has attracted the interest of many scholars that have sought methods able to assess the quality of SEA processes by identifying vices and virtues in practice. In this paper, we measure the quality of eight SEAs for transport and mobility plans of regional and provincial administrations of Italy. Results show that the overall quality level of SEA reports is only barely sufficient, Abruzzo is among the virtuous and Piedmont among the critical administrations. We also stress that the determination of impact significance has received the worse quality score. We finally compare our results to other Italian and British homologous cases finding interesting and generally confirmative evidences.



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Andrea De Montis, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Sassari
Associate professor, Department of Agricultural Sciences

How to Cite

De Montis, A., Caschili, S., Ganciu, A., Ledda, A., Paoli, F., Puddu, F. and Barra, M. (2016) “Strategic environmental assessment implementation of transport and mobility plans. The case of Italian regions and provinces”, Journal of Agricultural Engineering, 47(2), pp. 100–110. doi: 10.4081/jae.2016.513.