Strategic environmental assessment for development programs and sustainability transition in the Colombian post-conflict context

Juanita Gallego Dávila, Juan Venegas Azcárate, Lone Kørnøv

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This article offers a critical analysis of the applicability and relevance of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in the post-conflict period in Colombia as a means to support societal sustainability transition and avoid the depletion of national resources and the emergence of new conflicts. Colombia, emerging from decades of war between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), is experiencing an urgent need to allocate financial resources to large-scale projects with the aim of supporting post-conflict development activities, potentially resulting in rapid and hyper-development conditions and causing severe environmental impacts. Theoretically, SEA can be seen as one way to assist the Colombian government in their strategic decision-making and planning. However, the use of SEA will be bounded by the post-conflict conditions and the more general institutional setting in Colombia. This article is focused on identifying the opportunities and challenges arising from the post-conflict context and the SEA action arena in Colombia. By doing this, the article provides a better understanding of institutional processes and resources in Colombia and contributes to the limited scholarly literature available about the application of SEA in post-conflict contexts, hereunder research on the institutional capacity involved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Impact Assessment Review
Volume74
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
ISSN0195-9255
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Post-conflict
  • Colombia
  • Development planning

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