065-i. Advice on ToR: SEA for oil/gas and coastal management

The NCEA advised on Terms of Reference for an SEA for oil and gas developments in Mauritania.

Advisory reports and other documents

22 Sep 2006: Terms of reference
Accompanying Letter
Accompanying Letter FR
Advice
Advice FR
Appendices Advice
Appendices Advice FR
14 Feb 2007: Advisory review
Accompanying Letter
Accompanying Letter FR
Advice
Advice FR
Appendices Advice
Appendices Advice FR
Map
Map FR

Significant details

Following the discovery of oil fields offshore Mauritania in 2001, various concessions were granted for exploration of these sources. Impact assessments (including EIAs and Social Impact Assessments) were undertaken for separate projects, but an underlying strategic plan and strategic environmental assessment were lacking. The NCEA was asked to advise on Terms of Reference (ToR) for an SEA which should be embedded in a strategic plan for development of oil and gas activities in the offshore and coastal zone.

The NCEA formed a working group comprising expertise in various relevant disciplines, which paid a visit to Mauritania. The NCEA issued its advice, structured according to the steps in SEA and including the following sections:

  • Screening: need for SEA;
  • Scope: SEA process; problem analysis, objectives and alternatives; consistency analysis with existing policies/strategies;
  • Assessment and quality assurance;
  • Decision-making: political decision-making and accountability mechanisms;
  • Follow-up: recommendations for monitoring and enforcement.

Parties involved

Members of the working group

Expert
mr M.J. Brolsma
ms T. van Ingen
mr C.J Smit
mr H.J. de Vriend
mr M. Zwanenburg

Chair of the working group: mr A. van der Velden
Technical secretary: ms V.J.H.M. ten Holder

Proponent and Component Authority

Proponent
Woodside Energy Ltd.

Component Authority
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Further details

Country: Mauritania


Last modified: 10 Jul 2018