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SEA profile

Updated to: 16 February 2015

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SEA background

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History of SEA

Decree 08-346 requires SEA for policies, plans and programmes, but no specific procedures are defined for SEA and no further guidance is provided.
With respect to SEA practice, two SEA studies have been conducted in 2010/2011 in the framework of the Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) Mali in the sectors of public health and agriculture/breeding/fishing.

Legal framework for SEA

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Scope of SEA application

Article 32 of Decree 08-346 mention that policies, strategies and programs are subjected to SEA.

Institutional setting for SEA

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Initiator of the SEA

The SEA is conducted by the respective department  under the lead of the Directorate for Sanitation, Pollution Control and Nuisance.

SEA procedure

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Establishing context

Implementing the SEA

Content of SEA report

According to Article 26 of Decree 08-346, the EIA report, EMP and the SEA report shall contain the following elements:

  • A non-technical summary of the impacts study
  • General information (description of the project, the characteristics and the borders of study area, the main affected parties)
  • A description  of the project environment (its physical, biological and socio-cultural conditions and its trends and menaces)
  • An identification and evaluation potential positive and negative impacts: direct and indirect, immediate and long-term, major and secondary, local and distant impacts of the project on the environment.
  • An analysis of alternatives
  • An estimation of the types and amounts of expected residues and emmissions (pollution of water, air and soil, noise, vibrations ect) caused by the project.
  • A description of measures for eliminating, reducing or compensating the negative effects of the project on the environment and of alternative measures or interventions
  • A brief description of the methods used for the public consultations and its results
  • An analysis of costs and benefits
  • An environmental and social management plan

Informing and influencing decision-making


SEA practice

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Capacity development

UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative:
Raise awareness and build capacities related to P-E linkages through adding to the knowledge base, advocacy and capacity building sessions, for example on ‘Strategic Environment Assessment on Agriculture and Health’ followed up by capacity-building for sector policy government officials, the 'Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Study' on root causes of environmental degradation complemented by ecosystem assessment skill-building sessions for key national stakeholders, and the provision of training on green accounting methodologies and environmental fiscal reform to key national stakeholders.

SEA links

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Other relevant links on SEA

SEA information on website of Ministry for Environment and Sanitation