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Guidance for policy makers

We provide a number of resources specifically intended for use by policy-makers elsewhere in government:

Wider Environmental and Sustainable Development Impact Tests

The Wider Environmental and Sustainable Development Impact Tests are designed to help government departments in their Policy Appraisal, for example in completing Business Cases and Impact Assessments.

This material explains to policy officials what they need to do to identify the Wider Environmental and Sustainable Development impacts of their policy options and provides guidance on how to assess those impacts.

Information from the Wider Environmental Test feeds into the Sustainable Development Test so, after reading through both, it may make sense to tackle the Wider Environmental Test first.

The Wider Environmental test covers all environmental impacts except for changes in greenhouse gases which are covered in a separate test.

Valuing ecosystems services

Page published: 3 October 2010