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15 March 2017

Improving environmental assessment in Mozambique

March 2017 - MozambiqueEnvironmental assessment in Mozambique is improving. Several NCEA activities, as part of an MoU with the Environmental Ministry (MITADER), are contributing to this development. For instance, the NCEA advised on a spatial planning law and a biodiversity regulation, and drafted a text for the involvement of independent ESIA experts for category A+ projects. During a visit to Maputo in March, the NCEA discussed these and other activities with its local counterparts. The parties also examined opportunities for improvement of the SEA system, specifically SEA capacity, institutionalisation and the legal framework.

15 March 2017

SEA workshop for NGOs in Indonesia

March 2017 - IndonesiaSEA can be a great entry point for NGOs to engage with government planning. In March, the NCEA facilitated an NGO workshop on SEA in Jakarta. Lessons learnt from SEA applications in Indonesia were shared, and then applied to make plans for NGO involvement in upcoming SEAs. These lessons concerned among others the importance of investing in early stages of planning so that all key parties are involved, and the division of roles between NGOs and government is clear. The workshop was part of the IUCN/WWF strategic partnership programme “Shared Resources, Joint Solutions”.

06 March 2017

Contributions to IFC workshop

March 2017 - SenegalThe NCEA participated in an IFC workshop that took place from February 27th to March 3rd, with the Institut des Sciences de l'Environnement at the Chiekh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop was organised by IFC as a ‘educate the educators’ event on the topic of IFC Performance Standards in the private sector. The NCEA was invited to educate participants on ESIA in the public sector. IFC and the NCEA also explored possibilities for further cooperation, with the aim to contribute to the professional development of ESIA consultants in Africa.

06 March 2017

Continuing cooperation in Zanzibar

March 2017 - Zanzibar uitsnedeCooperation between the Zanzibar Environmental Management Authority (ZEMA) and the NCEA will be continued. After conclusion of the previous two-year programme, the governments of Zanzibar and The Netherlands committed to another two years of working on ESIA. From the 20th to the 26th of February, the NCEA visited ZEMA to plan detailed activities. A joint assessment of the capacity of ZEMA’s EIA section was undertaken to help zoom in on priority areas. Proposed activities for the next two years include, among others, a workshop on financing of ESIA related tasks and an exchange session on ESIA review.