Introduction

Updated to: 04 August 2016

Enabled by the environmental law no 98-030 (1999), EIA practice was introduced in Benin in 2001 when Decree 2001-235 firstly defined the EIA procedures. This decree also introduced SEA into the legislation, suggesting a EIA-based approach for SEA. However, Methodological Guidelines for SEA were prepared in 2006 by the Environmental Agency of Benin (in French: Agence Béninoise pour l’Environnement (ABE)). Those guidelines suggest a separate, more flexible SEA approach for Benin.
The Environmental Agency of Benin is the central authority for EIA and SEA.

In May 2015, the Council of Ministers of Benin approved an updated Decree on Environmental Assessment (the date of entering in force was unknown at the time of writing).