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Document begins: PART 5 RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT 213 214 Chapter 15 SUSTAINABILITY APPRAISAL AND STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT1 15.1 On the challenge of sustainability appraisal Internationally, there has been relatively limited application of appraisal and assessment procedures at the policy level. This is perhaps not surprising because policy is the prerogative of politicians and senior bureaucrats who tend to be resistant to the intrusions of assessment at this level. For policies, the critical constraints for SA are not likely to be technical or methodological. In practice, the issues facing SA at the policy level are: · securing the political and institutional will so that SA has a `seat at the policy table', i.e., where decision-makers and policy-makers accept its legitimacy and acknowledge that SA has a key and constructive role to play; and · finding the key leverage points in the policy-making cycles to ensure that SA is able to play its part in important stages and throughout the process. Following a similar theme, Wood (1997) noted, in relation to SEA, that there are methodological difficulties in undertaking strategic assessment which appear to be secondary to political difficulties. In particular, politicians and senior bureaucrats in powerful departments are reluctant voluntarily ...

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  • IIED code: G02172
  • Published: 1066
  • Theme: Governance
  • Language: English

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