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Country contact on SEA
Ministry of Environmental Protection and Forestry (established in June 2013)
The Ministry is established through a transformation of the Environmental Protection Agency whose contact details are:
Environmental Protection Agency
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
History of SEA
SEA has been introduced to Ethiopia quite recently. The EIA proclamation of 2002 make a clear provision for the assessment of 'public instruments' (policies, strategies, programmes, laws and international agreements). However, procedures and guidelines on SEA are not in place.
Legal framework for SEA
Environmental Impact Assessment Proclamation No 299/ 2002, which also prescribes impact assessment for policies, programmes, strategies and laws.
Approving authority of enabling law
First national detailed SEA regulation
Recent updates and additions to the SEA legislation
Sector specific procedures/regulations
Guidelines on how to undertake Strategic Environmental Assessment are available on the website of the Ethiopian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Scope of SEA application
Policies, programs, strategies and laws.
Exemptions from SEA application
EIA procedure should be applied to plans according to the EIA proclamation No: 299/ 2002
SEA tiering with EIA
No information available.
Institutional setting for SEA
Central SEA authority
Environment Protection Council: The EPC is to ensure integration and harmony of environmental concerns with development policies, strategies and plans. In addition, the Council is mandated to (i) deliberate upon policy matters concerning environmental protection and (ii) evaluate and approve directives and standards issued by EPA .
Proclamation for the Establishment EPA (proclamation No. 9 of 1995). Negarit Gazeta of the FDRE, Addis Ababa, 1995. Article 10
Mandate for exemption of SEA obligation
There are no legal mandates for SEA exemption specified.
(De)centralisation of SEA mandates
Initiator of the SEA
The EIA proclamation provides that the owner of the policy, plan or strategy is responsible for ensuring that their proposal is subjected to an EIA.
Implementing the SEA
Informing and influencing decision-making
Annual no. of SEAs
Estimated 2 or 3 SEAs undertaken per year (mostly these concern SEAs for Master Plans).
Central SEA database
Non-governmental SEA guidance