23 January 2018
ESIA / SEA for transboundary water resource management
Water professionals from Iran and Afghanistan expressed their interest to know more about the use and added value of ESIA and SEA in a transboundary context. Therefor, UNESCO invited Rob Verheem to present a general introduction, various case studies and more information of the Espoo Convention on EIA in a transboundary context.
16 January 2018
Introducing SEA in Myanmar
Now is the time for introducing strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in Myanmar, according to the country’s Ministry of Environment (MONREC). To start this process, SIDA and the NCEA organised a high level awareness-raising seminar on SEA. This event was attended by eight Myanmar agencies and the deputy Ambassador of the Netherlands in Myanmar. Afterwards, the staff of these agencies followed a three-day SEA training. MONREC has announced that it will start to develop an SEA procedure and guidance.
10 January 2018
ESIA and SEA developments in Zambia
A week full of variety! During a second visit to Lusaka, the NCEA continued its work with Zambia’s ZEMA, comprising the update of the ESIA regulation. With WWF Zambia, ZEMA, CSO and government partners, a new approach to reviewing ESIAs was introduced, an approach that can be applied even when little time and no high-tech expertise is available. Multi-stakeholder discussions on how Zambia could work with SEA resulted in a broad consensus of the need to start with SEA. It turned out that the Zambian constitution supports SEA in planning as well!