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Title: Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and provincial level expressway programme planning : an application framework and indicator system for China
Author: Zhou, Kaiyi
ISNI:       0000 0004 2686 8967
Awarding Body: Imperial College London
Current Institution: Imperial College London
Date of Award: 2009
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The thesis addresses the challenge of applying strategic environmental assessment (SEA) to provincial level expressway infrastructure planning in China. It first describes the evaluation process of EA (environmental impact assessment (EIA)) and SEA, then the current Chinese SEA application mechanism which was established by the Chinese EIA Law (2003) and subsequent laws and regulations. A comparative analysis is undertaken between the Chinese SEA system, the UK system and the Canadian SEA application systems. To clearly understand how SEA is applied in the road transport infrastructure development field, two SEA cases and one EIA case, and a questionnaire study, were carried out to obtain evidences of the actual situation of SEA application in this area. Conclusions were made to clearly describe those deficiencies existing in the current administration system, legal system and application framework and actual practices of SEA application in China. In the light of improving the quality of SEA application in provincial level expressway infrastructure development programme in China, an SEA application framework and indicator system which address these drawing on advanced experiences and principles of good SEA application from European countries, is proposed and tested through evaluation by experts. The thesis also makes recommendations for implementing the proposed SEA application framework and indicator system for expressway programming.
Supervisor: Sheate, William Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral