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    SEA: Strategic Environmental Assessment

    Assessing plans and programmes for their environmental impact Imagine the following situation: the construction of a new railway line is planned near where you live. When you...
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    European and Belgian legislation

    In 2001, Directive 2001-42-EC (.PDF) on the assessment of the environmental impact of certain plans and programmes was adopted at European level. This is better known...
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    Marine debris

    The effects of pollution on account of marine debris (plastic or glass objects, bags, cigarette butts, etc.) on animals are increasingly becoming of concern. Many cetaceans...
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    What the law upholds

    The objective of the law of 13 February 2006 (.PDF) is to ensure a high level of environmental protection. It does this by ensuring that environmental considerations are taken...
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    The advantages of the law

    How does this law represent an advance on Federal Belgian law? It has three obvious advantages: the assessment of the effects in overall terms, the inclusion of environmental...
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    The field of application of the law

       Plans and programmesWhich documents will be subject to the law of 13 February 2006 (.PDF)? In other words, which types of plan and programme will need to be assessed and entail...
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    Advisory committee

    In order to find out whether the implementation of its plan or programme will have effects on the environment, the preparing authority submits it to the advisory committee. After...
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    Environmental report

    This is the main new contribution of the law of 13 February 2006 (.PDF): a report on the environmental effects of the draft plan or programme must be compiled. This report is...
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    Public participation

    This is one of the very important stages of the law. During the assessment, public consultation is organised about the draft plan or programme as well as about the environmental...
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    After the consultation

    All of this information is analysed by the competent authorities, which take a decision and follow up on it. In particular, they will issue a declaration summarising the way in...