Results of the EIA mapping workshops in West African countries

Conakry, 5-6 December 2013. The West African Association of Environmental Assessment organised a regional workshop to discuss strengths and weaknesses of EIA systems in Benin, Guinée Conakry, Mali, Niger and Togo. In 2011, these EIA systems have been analysed with support of the EIA mapping method developed by the NCEA. Participants were inspired by the experiences of the others. Although the EIA systems may be largely in place and functioning, a lot still needs to be improved before the systems are used to their full potential. In the coming months possibilities are explored by the WAAEA to develop a capacity development programme similar to the one in Central Africa.