1 The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN2 Department of Development and Planning, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN3 The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN4 Environmental Management Research Group, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN
Weak recognition found in Chinese guidelines
The use of indicators is not only technical and science-led, but also a value-laden social process, and thus concerns public participation, political judgment and decision-making. This article approaches the Chinese SEA indicator system from a science-policy interface and aims at: 1) contributing to the general recognition of indicators functioning at science-policy interfaces in SEA, and 2) analysing, through a Chinese case-study, to what extent national guidelines mediate the science-policy interaction. The overall finding is a strong emphasis on technical/science aspects found in the Chinese SEA guidance, and a weak explicit recognition that policy plays a role in choosing and using indicators. Recent development, however, indicates a growing recognition of the politics involved and thus also leads to more involvement of stakeholders.
Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 2013, Vol 31, Issue 3, p. 232-237
Strategic Environmental Assessment; Indicators; Guidelines; science–policy interface; China