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Incorporating sustainable development objectives into development plans through strategic environmental assessment

Abdullah, Muhammad Faris and Ariffin, Ishak (2003) Incorporating sustainable development objectives into development plans through strategic environmental assessment. PLANNING MALAYSIA - Journal of the Malaysian Institute of Planners, 1. pp. 1-18. ISSN 1675-6215

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Abstract

Efforts aimed at delivering sustainable development and promoting nature conservation in the planning and decision-making system in Malaysia has begun since the late 1970s. The growing importance of the preservation and protection of the environment against degradation have been highlighted in the Five Year Plans from 1980s. Over the same period, a series of strategies for sustainability, entitled Conservation Strategies, was also being prepared in Malaysia, culminating in a National Conservation Strategy (NCS) in 1993. These strategies for sustainability were aimed at providing the framework for sustainable development. The general consensus is that prevention is better than remedial action. Potential impacts must be addressed at the planning stage before development decisions are made. Impact assessment is seen as a tool for preventive action in the quest for sustainable development. Although environmental impacts assessment (EIA) was made mandatory for a list of prescribed activities since 1987, environmental degradation continued. This paper gives brief introduction to strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and tries to demonstrate how SEA can bridge the gaps and counteracts the limitations of EIA and more effectively integrate the sustainable development objectives into the development plan system.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3492/44557
Uncontrolled Keywords: Strategic Environmental Assessment, Development Plans, Sustainable Development
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA9000 Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying > NA9053.R4 City planning
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Depositing User: Muhammad Faris Abdullah
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2015 15:42
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2015 15:42
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/44557

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