ESIA / SEA systems approach
Starting point for our systems approach is the idea that if we want to understand ESIA / SEA effectiveness, we need to take into view the whole ESIA / SEA system, rather than looking solely at different components such as
We distinguish three levels in our systems approach:
• the system functions level
• the organisational level
• and the process level.
- At the system functions level we look at key functions that should be fulfilled within a system to enable good practice ESIA / SEA.
- The organisational level is about the capacities of actors that have a role
in the ESIA / SEA system.
- At the process level, we look at how individual ESIA / SEA processes are undertaken.
In keeping with the overall NCEA objective to contribute to ‘better ESIA / SEA systems, more ESIA / SEA capacity and better ESIA / SEA processes’, we have identified key results that should be achieved at each level. Each result is subsequently translated into a set of indicators, including the means of verification that allow assessment of the progress on that result. In most cases, the assessment is qualitative, although some indicators are assessed quantitatively.