Comparative SWOT analysis of strategic environmental assessment systems intheMiddle East and North Africa region

G. Rachid, M. El Fadel

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a SWOT analysis of SEA systems in the Middle East North Africa region through a comparative examination of the status, application and structure of existing systems based on country-specific legal, institutional and procedural frameworks. The analysis is coupled with the multi-attribute decision making method (MADM) within an analytical framework that involves both performance analysis based on predefined evaluation criteria and countries' self-assessment of their SEA system through open-ended surveys. The results show heterogenous status with a general delayed progress characterized by varied levels of weaknesses embedded in the legal and administrative frameworks and poor integration with the decision making process. Capitalizing on available opportunities, the paper highlights measures to enhance the development and enactment of SEA in the region.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)85-93
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Environmental Management
    Volume125
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 5 Aug 2013

    Keywords

    • MADM
    • MENA region
    • SEA systems
    • SWOT

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