Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

The strategic environmental assessment (SEA) aims to analyse environmental problems and potential environmental solutions early in the political decision-making process in connection with major planning or large-scale projects, and is drawn up by the authorities.

Specifically, the intention is to gather knowledge and points of views of relevant environmental topics, which will be included in the political considerations in the context of overall national and regional planning, which, among other things, aims to avoid or mitigate negative environmental impacts. It is, among other things, about whether a particular activity should take place and where it should take place, so that you can build specific environmental considerations in the political and administrative planning.

The concept of ‘environment’ includes the physical environment (flora, fauna, soil, geology, water, air, climate, cultural heritage, energy, resources), health (illness, accident, etc.), population (planning, settlement, education, employment, crime, etc.), as well as economy (regional economics, national economics, etc.)

Data from the SEA could also constitute a significant data contribution to parts of the EIA studies.

It is the Ministry of Nature and Environment who is responsible for the strategic environmental assessment.

If you want to know more about the strategic environmental assessment in connection with the smelter project, please visit, where you can find background information, reports and consultation responses.