Updated to: 23 April 2019
The EIA system in Afghanistan is newly developed and still undergoes changes. In the period of 2005 until 2008 legal requirements have been established for it in the form of an Environment Law and EIA regulations. The central EIA authority in Afghanistan, the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) was launched in the same time period. As the institutional framework in Afghanistan was thus not yet ready to support the EIA process envisioned in the Environment Law, a transitional process was developed. It is reflected in Interim EIA Regulations and an EIA policy. This interim EIA system largly builds upon international best practices. This approach was chosen because the proponents of activities that are subjected to EIA are mostly international donors that have their own standards on best practices on EIA.