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Environmental evaluation strategy (VAS) or the evaluation of environmental or territorial sustainability

The environmental evaluation strategy (VAS) is a procedure envisaged at a european level with a view to sustainable development and is regulated by european directive 2001/42/CE (Directive VAS or ESIE), in D.lgs. 3 april 2006, n. 152, and directive 85/337/CEE (VIA or EIE):

the VAS (ValSAT for the L.R. 24 march 2000, n. 20 of Emilia-Romagna Region) is on the evaluation of environmental effects that can be foreseen as consequences of the enacting of plans or programmes and according to directive 2001/42/CE has the objective of “guaranteeing an elevated level of environmental protection and of contributing to rendering environmental considerations an integral part of the elaboration and acceptance of plans and programmes with a view to promoting sustainable development”.

This is applied to:

  • Plans and programmes elaborated for particular sectors (agriculture, forestry, fishing, energy, industry, transport, waste management, water management, telecommunications, tourism, urban and rural planning, how the land is used) that draw the general outline in which the feasability of the projects as regards the directive EIE (VIA) could be authorised;
  • plans and programmes for which an evaluation under articles 6 and 7 of the Habitat directive (directive 92/43/CEE) is required;
  • plans and programmes that draw the general outline in which the feasability of projects different from those pertinent to the VIA directive could be authorised in the future (not limited to the above sectors) and that Member States decide could have a significant effect on the environment.
  • Small modifications to plans and programmes and the plans and programmes for small local areas, only if they present significant potential effects on the environment.

Hydrosynergy offers its professionalism in all phases of the environmental evaluation strategy.

It also offers technical consultancy in the planning stage to identify and bring about solutions to mitigate the impact on flora, fauna and ecosystems.

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