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1An outline of the contents and main objectives of the plan or programme, and of its relationship (if any) with other qualifying plans and programmes.S
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2The relevant aspects of the current state of the environment and the likely evolution thereof without implementation of the plan or programme.S
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4Any existing environmental problems which are relevant to the plan or programme including, in particular, those relating to any areas of a particular environmental importance, such as areas designated pursuant to Council Directive 79/409/EEC on the conservation of wild birds and Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild flora and fauna (as last amended by Council Directive 97/62/EC).S
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6The likely significant effects on the environment, including—S
(a)on issues such as—
(xi)cultural heritage, including architectural and archaeological heritage;
(xiii)the inter-relationship between the issues referred to in heads (i) to (xii);
(b)short, medium and long-term effects;
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(d)positive and negative effects; and
(e)secondary, cumulative and synergistic effects.
7The measures envisaged to prevent, reduce and as fully as possible offset any significant adverse effects on the environment of implementing the plan or programme.S
8An outline of the reasons for selecting the alternatives dealt with, and a description of how the assessment was undertaken including any difficulties (such as technical deficiencies or lack of expertise) encountered in compiling the required information.S
9A description of the measures envisaged concerning monitoring in accordance with section 19.S
10A non-technical summary of the information provided under paragraphs 1 to 9.S
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