Find out about how we may be able to help you plan and implement environmental monitoring related to your SEA.
What is our role in SEA monitoring?
The Directive requires the significant environmental effects of a plan or programme identified by the SEA process to be monitored. The Environmental Report, to be published with the draft plan, must include a description of the measures envisaged concerning monitoring. Plan makers may wish to discuss measures envisaged concerning monitoring with the Environment Agency as early as the scoping stage of their SEA.
We undertake state of the environment monitoring and reporting. Where we are actively enganged with a priority plan (see link below) we may enter into dialogue with the plan maker regarding the information available from our monitoring, and its applicability for montioring the environmental effects of the plan.
It is the responsibility of the plan maker to ensure the necessary information to monitor the significant environmental effects of implementing the plan is compiled.
How can we help if monitoring identifies unforseen adverse effects?
Identification of unforseen adverse effects through monitoring could suggest the need for remedial actions to resolve them (such as the revision of part of the plan or the development of appropriate mitigation). If a plan maker identifies adverse effects, as a result of monitoring, then they may request advice from us regarding the necessity of remidial action and/or assistance with the identification of appropriate remedial measures.