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Strategic environmental assessment of greenhouse gas mitigation options in the Canadian agricultural sector.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17846827     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This article presents a methodological framework for strategic environmental assessment (SEA) application. The overall objective is to demonstrate SEA as a systematic and structured policy, plan, and program (PPP) decision support tool. In order to accomplish this objective, a stakeholder-based SEA application to greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation policy options in Canadian agriculture is presented. Using a mail-out impact assessment exercise, agricultural producers and nonproducers from across the Canadian prairie region were asked to evaluate five competing GHG mitigation options against 13 valued environmental components (VECs). Data were analyzed using multi-criteria and exploratory analytical techniques. The results suggest considerable variation in perceived impacts and GHG mitigation policy preferences, suggesting that a blanket policy approach to GHG mitigation will create gainers and losers based on soil type and associate cropping and on-farm management practices. It is possible to identify a series of regional greenhouse gas mitigation programs that are robust, socially meaningful, and operationally relevant to both agricultural producers and policy decision makers. The assessment demonstrates the ability of SEA to address, in an operational sense, environmental problems that are characterized by conflicting interests and competing objectives and alternatives. A structured and systematic SEA methodology provides the necessary decision support framework for the consideration of impacts, and allows for PPPs to be assessed based on a much broader set of properties, objectives, criteria, and constraints whereas maintaining rigor and accountability in the assessment process.
Authors:
Bram F Noble; Lisa M Christmas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-09-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental management     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0364-152X     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ Manage     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-21     Completed Date:  2008-02-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703893     Medline TA:  Environ Manage     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  64-78     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Geography, University of Saskatchewan, # 9 Campus Drive, S7N 5A5, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. b.noble@usask.ca
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Agriculture / standards*
Air Pollutants / analysis*
Canada
Conservation of Natural Resources*
Environmental Monitoring / methods*,  statistics & numerical data
Greenhouse Effect*
Risk Assessment
Risk Management
Software
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Air Pollutants

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