30 March 2018
New SEA land use planning in Kenya
Together with Mr Peter Odhengo who is initiating SEAs for delta planning in Kenya, Arend Kolhoff (NCEA) visited the Nyando Delta bordering Lake Victoria. This is the second SEA for Land Use Planning processes in Kenya in which the NCEA will become involved. We will advise in the scoping phase and inform the SEA team about international good practice, with a special focus on the ecosystem services valuation approach.
During the same visit, the NCEA also attended the national SEA seminar, organised by NEMA and SIDA, in the framework of the Sida - NIRAS SEA training programme. At the seminar, the draft regulation on ESIA and SEA was discussed.
30 March 2018
CSOs engagement in SEA in Ghana
The Ghanaian government has various investments in the field of mining and oil & gas. Since these investments are in landscapes containing protected areas with high biodiversity values and providing livelihoods for local inhabitants, CSOs are concerned about the environmental and social impacts. SEA is specifically suitable to balance all interests at stake. Therefore, as part of the SRJS programme (IUCN-NL), the NCEA organised a workshop on stakeholder engagement, reviewing SEA processes and reports. After a week full of lively exchange and discussions, the CSOs decided to link their lobby and advocacy work more to SEA. Moreover, the CSOs and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) obtained an increased understanding of each other’s work and are planning on working more closely together.
13 March 2018
SEA: added value for Pantanal-Chaco region
How can SEA be an added value for spatial planning and water infrastructure in the Pantanal-Chaco region? That was the objective of two workshops the NCEA recently organised as part of the Shared Resources Joint Solutions programme (WWF/IUCN) in Paraguay. One was specifically directed at spatial planning, and the other at water infrastructure. Representatives of municipalities, ministries, NGOs and CSOs practiced with real cases to better understand the concept and value of SEA for this diverse and sensitive area bordering Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil. As co-trainer, the NCEA had invited Luis Fernando Terceros from Bolivia, with whom the NCEA had worked closely in the past regarding SEA in Bolivia, thus offering an excellent opportunity for ‘south-south exchange’ of experience.
12 March 2018
ESIA review for tourism projects, Zanzibar
Since tourism is a leading economic sector in Zanzibar, the Environmental Management Authority (ZEMA) requested NCEA for a workshop on ESIA review. Enthusiastic participants from the environmental authorities (Zanzibar and mainland) and local government practiced three days reviewing ESIA cases in the tourism sector, focussing on the conditions translated in the Environmental Certificate. In addition, they started with drafting a review checklist for tourism projects.