SEA profile

Updated to: 16 February 2015

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Contact & history

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Country contact on SEA

Direction Nationale de l'Assainissement, du Contrôle des Pollutions et des Nuisances (DNACPN). ACI2000, BP E3114; Hamdallaye ACI 2000, Rue 394 / Porte 1201, BP E3114, Bamako – Mali. Tél.: +223 – 229 24 10. Fax: +223 – 229 50 90. E-mail:

History of SEA

Decree No. 08-346 / P-RM of 26 June 2008 already defined SEA. A procedure was created by decree in December 2018.

Legal framework for SEA

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Framework/Enabling law

Law No. 91-47 / AN-RM Relative to the Protection of the Environment and Living Environment.

Year of introduction of enabling law


First national detailed SEA regulation

Decree N ° 2018-0992 / P-Rm Of 31 December 2018 Fixing Rules And  Modalities Relating To Strategic Environmental Assessment

Year of introduction of first national detailed SEA regulation


Approving authority of first detailed SEA regulation

Direction Nationale de l'Assainissement, du Contrôle des Pollutions et des Nuisances (DNACPN).

Objective SEA

Ensure a high level of protection of the environment, and contribute to the integration of climate change including:
- mitigation and adaptation, in the elaboration and
adoption of policies, plans, plans and programs to promote sustainable development and,
- submit to an Environmental Assessment
policies, plans, plans and programs that could have significant impacts on the environment.

Article 2 of Decree N ° 2018-0992

Scope of SEA application

Strategic Environmental Assessment is carried out for policies, plans, plans and programs of development

Art. 4 of Decree N ° 2018-0992

Exemptions from SEA application

For policies, plans, plans and programs, the Minister in charge of the environment may grant exemptions whose criteria are defined by order of the Minister for the Environment.

Art 4 of Decree N ° 2018-0992

SEA approach

EIA-based: application of the EIA procedure to planning

Articles 4 - 14 og Decree N ° 2018-0992

Institutional setting for SEA

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Central SEA authority

The Minister of the Environment authorizes plans, policies, plans and programs "in an environmental manner" on the basis of SEAs. An inter-ministerial steering committee, set up and chaired by the same minister, first ensures that all the elements contained in the terms of reference are treated in a comprehensive and precise manner and to verify the reliability of the data presented in the study. Terms of references are also approved by the same committee.

(De)centralisation of SEA mandates

Decision-making always takes place at the national level. 

Initiator of the SEA

Owner or petitioner: any physical or moral authority to develop and then implement policies, plans or programs. 

Art 3 of Decree N ° 2018-0992

SEA procedure

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Establishing context

Overview SEA procedure

Screening, scoping (Tor), evaluation, analysis (review), decision (environmental clearance). The Minister in charge of the Environment creates a steering committee for the Strategic Environmental Assessment of policy, plan, plan and program by decision. This committee is chaired by the Minister for the Environment or his representative.

Screening requirement and authority


Oral communication by the environment ministry. 

Screening process

Any developer who undertakes the Strategic Environmental Assessment of a policy, plan, plan or program is obliged to send to the competent technical service a folder comprising:
- a stamped application;
- the terms of reference for the policy, the scheme director, plan or program. 
The file is filed, against acknowledgment of receipt, to the relevant technical service.

Timeline Screening

no maximum time specified

Identification of stakeholders

Not specified.

Art 7 of Decree N ° 2018-0992

Implementing the SEA

Scoping process

The relevant technical department shall provide the developer with the guidelines and guides necessary for the development of the terms of reference of the Strategic Environmental Assessment. On this basis, it develops the draft terms of reference for the Strategic Environmental Assessment to be carried out in accordance with the guidelines provided. Steering Committee approves ToRs

Outcome of scoping

The outcome is called terms of reference. 


In this report, the likely significant impacts of the implementation of the policy, plan, plan or program and the reasonable alternatives that take into account the objectives and geographic scope of the policy, plan, plan or program, are identified, described and evaluated.

Assessment/mitigation of effects

(g) the measures envisaged to avoid, reduce and, to the extent possible,
h) compensate for any significant negative impact of the implementation of the plan, scheme, policy or program on the Environment;
(i) the adaptation measures or the impact of the policy,
plan, plan or program for climate change;
(j) a statement summarizing the reasons for the alternatives considered and a description of how the assessment was carried out, including any difficulties encountered in collecting the required information;

Art 15 du Décret N°2018-0992.

SEA review

Experts from other governmental agencies involved in review

Timeline review

No maximum time specified

Informing and influencing decision-making

SEA and planning decision-making

The Minister has 2 months after the review and receipt of the enhanced EES to make his decision.

Justification of decision

No decision-making justification required


Monitoring requirement

(k) a description of the follow-up measures envisaged by the texts in force.

SEA practice

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Year of first SEA

Pilot cases according to different non-Malian legal references are known

SEA links

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Other relevant links on SEA

SEA information on website of Ministry for Environment and Sanitation