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Towards improving strategic environmental assessment follow-up through stakeholder participation: a case of the Pasquia-Porcupine Forest Management Plan, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Stakeholder participation is a vital component of successful Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). SEA, an evaluation of environmental and sustainability consequences of strategic initiatives prior to their implementation, seeks to ensure that various stakeholder perspectives are considered early in the strategic decision-making process. However, once the implementation decisions are taken, are the stakeholders consulted with, or involved in, strategy implementation and SEA follow-up? If so, how can participatory processes benefit delivery of strategies and follow-up? These questions remain largely unexplored due to the conventional focus on ex ante SEA and limited knowledge about SEA follow-up. This paper explores the role and potential of stakeholder participation processes in facilitating SEA follow-up in the case of a 20-year Pasquia-Porcupine Forest Management Plan (FMP), in Saskatchewan (Canada). It explores different forms of stakeholder participation in the FMP and SEA follow-up implementation and identifies the associated benefits for SEA follow-up.
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Keywords: Forest Management Plan; Strategic Environmental Assessment follow-up; communication; participation; stakeholders; strategy implementation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Center for Environment and Security, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Publication date: October 1, 2012

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