SEA for Manila Bay Sustainable Development Plan-Philippines

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January - The city of Manila is growing fast, and faces major challenges in environmental management. The Government of the Philippines is developing a Sustainable Development Master Plan for the Manila Bay Area. The NCEA was asked to advise on the possible application of SEA to this master plan. In our opinion, an SEA can add value to the current process. It can help make decision-making more transparent and accountable. And it can ensure that all relevant environmental and social impacts are considered and debated, before decision options are chosen. The advice sets out how SEA can be tailored to the master planning process.