On the role of operations research practice in strategic environmental impact assessment



As emphasized in the Resource Manual to Support Application of the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Convention on environmental impact assessment in a Transboundary Context) in complex contexts, the SEA process has great potential in the development and comparison of alternatives. In this work, we discuss some roles and implications of operations research practice in the framework of this type of process. A case study, currently topical in Portugal, will be used to motivate and illustrate the presentation.