The "Good Practice Guidance on Applying SEA in Development Co-operation" provides recommendations and a framework for the application of SEA to development co-operation based on emerging good practice. It was published in 2006, the product of two years work by an SEA Task Team of the OECD DAC ENVIRONET. The Task Team comprised development professionals working on the practical application of SEA in both developed and developing countries and co-opted experts from other relevant areas. It has developed a consensus on the concepts, principles and processes underpinning the successful application of SEA in a situation where great diversity prevails.

This Guidance is aimed primarily at professionals working in development agencies and developing country governments directly involved in policy, plan and programme development, assessment and implementation but it will also be of value to other policy analysts and planners. A discussion of the principles and concepts, benefits and contexts of SEA leads the reader into more practical support in the application of SEA in practice. Chapter 5 in particular identifies 12 key potential entry points for SEA application and provides more detailed support in realising these opportunities. Good practice case studies are used to support the general discussion wherever available.

To supplement the Guidance, specific Advisory Notes have been prepared to provide guidance for practitioners and specialists on:

  1. how SEA can be used to address key emerging issues (like e.g. adaptation to climate change)
  2. how to apply SEA under special or challenging circumstances (e.g. in post-conflict situations).

Currently Advisory Notes have been developed for SEA and climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, disaster risk reduction, and post-conflict development. Additional Advisory Notes are currently being considered by the Task Team.