Introduction

Benin was one of the first countries in the region with environmental codes that contained E(S)IA provisions. The decree of 2001 firstly defined the ESIA procedures and introduced SEA in the legislation. The Agence Béninoise pour l’Environnement (ABE), the current ESIA agency, had been established even earlier. A rather complete body of legal texts and manuals was in place, and ESIA (for private sector investments) became a widely accepted practice. Around 2010, however, the ESIA system was losing strength: funding for ABE decreased, while simultaneously political leadership seemed to have lost its attention for ESIA.

In May 2015, the Council of Ministers of Benin approved an updated Decree on Environmental Assessment. In 2017, a renewed decree on Environmental Assessment procedures was published. 

 

 


News

Harmonisation Environmental Assessment systems in West Africa

Webpages | 27-08-2019

Harmonisation Environmental Assessment systems in West Africa

The NCEA organises on Sept. 11, a joint session on harmonisation of environmental assessment systems in West Africa

ESIA for deep sea port in Benin

Webpages | 20-12-2016

ESIA for deep sea port in Benin

In November 2016, the Beninese Environment Agency organised an inter-ministerial meeting to discuss the ESIA that would permit the development of a new…

MoU for cooperation programme Benin

Webpages | 02-11-2016

MoU for cooperation programme Benin

A new cooperation programme for capacity development and independent review of environmental assessments has been started in Benin. In September 2016,…

Advisory review: ESIA for Sèmè-Podji port, Benin

Webpages | 02-05-2016

Advisory review: ESIA for Sèmè-Podji port, Benin

The NCEA reviewed the ESIA for the construction of the Sèmè-Podji deep sea port in Benin. In its advice, it concludes that the ESIA meets…

EIA for deep sea port in Benin

Webpages | 09-06-2015

EIA for deep sea port in Benin

In June 2015, an NCEA working group visited Benin to advise about the scope for an EIA for a deep sea port. The port will be located 10 km east of…

Benin’s Council of Ministers accepts new Environmental Assessment Decree

Webpages | 09-06-2015

Benin’s Council of Ministers accepts new Environmental Assessment Decree

On 24 May 2015, the Council of Ministers of Benin has accepted a proposal for a new Decree on Environmental Assessment. The proposal offers a coherent…

Multi-annual cooperation with EIA agency Benin

Webpages | 02-04-2015

Multi-annual cooperation with EIA agency Benin

On March 20, 2015, the NCEA and the EIA agency of Benin (ABE) signed an aide-mémoire. This is the first step towards a three-year cooperation…

Better safety measures for transboundary Adjarala dam

Webpages | 04-11-2014

Better safety measures for transboundary Adjarala dam

The NCEA reviewed the ESIA for a hydro-electric dam that is planned at Adjarala, at the border between Benin and Togo. The development of the dam is…

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Webpages | 05-06-2014

NCEA on TV news show in Benin

Mr. Sibout Nooteboom of the NCEA was a guest on the morning news show on the environment in Benin. The news show starts with a short overview of EIA…

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Webpages | 11-02-2014

EIA mapping in Benin, interesting results

Cotonou,Benin. The NCEA, together with the Beninese Environmental Agency’s and the Beninese Association for Environmental Assessment…

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Webpages | 11-02-2014

Advisory report EIA oil production Benin

The NCEA, upon request by the Beninese Environmental Agency (ABE), reviewed the draft EIA report for the development of oil production by the…

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Webpages | 09-12-2013

Results of the EIA mapping workshops in West African countries

Conakry, 5-6 December 2013. The West African Association of Environmental Assessment organised a regional workshop to discuss strengths and…