EIA has been a mandatory legal requirement in Pakistan since 1994. SEA is a newer instrument in the country. The so-called 18th amendment of the Pakistani constitution (2011) devolved certain responsibilities for environmental management to the regional level. The devolvement applies to EIA and SEA, and has enabled the provinces and independent regions in Pakistan to draft their own EIA and SEA regulation.
The EIA requirements in each province are similar, as they have built on the national regulations that pre-date decentralisation, but there are variations in the detail. For example, in some provinces there are requirements to engage registered experts for EIA, in others there are not. Similarly, many provinces have now introduced SEA requirements into their legislative framework, but some have not. In the scope of a Pakistani-Dutch collaboration, called the National Impact Assessment Programme, a detailed review of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act of 1997 was undertaken, and draft regulation on SEA developed for the provinces to use as a template.
Webpages | 27-02-2023
Goodbye to Bobbi Schijf
It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude, that we say goodbye to Bobbi Schijf, who worked for more than 16 years for the NCEA.
Webpages | 15-12-2021
Recording online: webinar SEA for sustainable hydropower
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) can help avoid and mitigate the negative impacts of hydropower dam construction and operation. But does SEA…
Webpages | 09-06-2021
Presentation of the SEA - hydropower publication at webinar series
Arend Kolhoff of the NCEA presented to over 120 participants, the recent publication SEA for sustainable deverlopment of the hydropower sector at the…
Webpages | 19-05-2021
Just published: SEA for Sustainable Development of the Hydropower Sector
We are happy to announce the publication of Strategic Environmental Assessment for Sustainable Development of the Hydropower Sector Five Influential…
Webpages | 11-11-2014
Knowledge Repository on impact assessment in Pakistan
Between 2009 and 2014, the NCEA was involved as a technical advisor in the National Impact Assessment Programme (NIAP) in Pakistan. Various knowledge…
Webpages | 20-05-2014
Four year EIA capacity development in Pakistan, what are the results?
The National Impact Assessment Programme of Pakistan has come to a close. This programme, which was funded by the Dutch embassy, ran for over four…
Webpages | 04-11-2013
SEA legislation Pakistan province
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (a Pakistani province) is working to amend its environmental protection law, the Daily Dawn Newspaper reports.