Reconstruction and systemization of the methodologies for strategic environmental assessment in Taiwan

Ming Lone Liou*, Shin Cheng Yeh, Yue Hwa Yu

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This paper discusses the current SEA procedures and assessment methodologies, aiming to propose strategies that can lead to effective improvement in a newly industrialized Asian country, Taiwan. Institutional and practical problems with regard to the regulations and tools of SEA in Taiwan are compared to those in other countries. According to the research results, it is suggested that extra evaluation processes should be incorporated into the current assessment procedures to improve their scientific validity and integrity. Moreover, it is also suggested that the sustainability appraisal approaches be included in the SEA framework. In this phase, revised evaluation indicators associated with corresponding targets can be the first attempt for modifying the SEA system. It is believed that these can promote the operability in practice and also lead the whole assessment procedures to a direction closer to sustainable development. The trails that Taiwan has followed can help other countries that are going to adopt SEA to find a more effective and efficient way to follow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-184
Number of pages15
JournalEnvironmental Impact Assessment Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • Asia
  • Matrix
  • Methodology
  • SEA
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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