Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA)

Strategic Environmental  Assessments (SEA): part of Cork Ecology Environmental Consulting servicesStrategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a process of appraisal through which environmental protection and sustainable development may be considered, and factored into national and local decisions regarding government (and other) policies, plans and programmes.

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have conducted a sequence of sectoral SEAs considering the implications of further licensing of the UK continental shelf (UKCS) for oil and gas exploration and production. Wind power and other renewable energy developments are also covered by the DECC SEA process.

Recent Projects

  • A review of populations and distribution of coastal and marine birds from the high tide line out to 200 m water depth, around Ireland, as part of the SEI Offshore Renewable Energy SEA.
  • A gap analysis of seabird distribution in Irish Waters using the European Seabirds at Sea (ESAS) database, for National Parks & Wildlife Service – 2008.
  • Management of North Sea seabird and cetacean surveys (Feb 2008 to March 2009) for DECC. Some trip reports available here
  • A review of offshore seabirds in the SEA 8 area, including update of inshore seabirds & waders. Download
  • A review of offshore seabirds in the SEA 7 area. Download
  • A gap analysis of seabird survey data in UK waters. Download
  • A review of the distribution and abundance of inshore seabirds for SEA Areas 6, 7 and 8. Download
  • A review of the coastal distribution and abundance of swans and geese in the SEA 6, 7 & 8 areas. Download
  • A review of the distribution and abundance of divers, grebes and seaduck in the SEA 5 area. Download
  • A review of the coastal distribution and abundance of swans and geese in the SEA 5 area, including a review of the potential impacts of offshore wind farms on swans and geese. Download

Contact us for more information on our SEA Services