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Strategic environmental assessment: Assessing the environmental impact of biotechnology

This short paper from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) advocates the use of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as a mechanism for evaluating the environmental impacts of genetically modified crops. The SEA process integrates systematic quantitative and qualitative analysis, transparent decision-making and clear risk-management principles.

The authors argue that SEA is an efficient and effective tool for incorporating environmental considerations into broad programme-planning and priority-setting processes in relation to agricultural biotechnology. The report briefly discusses how to put the SEA into practice and recommends some further reading on the subject. The document is therefore a good place to start for anyone seeking practical guidance on how to effectively integrate environmental considerations into basic policy-making for biotechnology and genetically modified crops.