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SEA profile

Updated to: 27 June 2011

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SEA background

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Country contact on SEA

Contact details for the country contact on SEA.

Ministry of Environment
Secretary of Environmental Quality and Department of  Planning
Address: Calle Madrid and Andalucia ex Conservatoria de música detrás de la Universidad  Politécnica Salesiana
Quito
Tel: (593) – 2 - 3987 600
www.ambiente.gob.ec

Country's planning system

Brief description of planning practice, specifically whether it take place more often at centralised or decentralised level, what kind of national level planning and sectoral planning takes place, etc.

Each government develops a national plan for the period of government. Examples recent of national plans are: “Citizen Revolution 2007-2010”, and “For the Good Fife 2009-2013”.

The National Planning and Development Secretary (SENPLADES) with seven under-secretary zones is the state organ for planning and national and regional coordination.

Each ministry is in charge of sectoral policies and planning. The Ministry of the Environment - through its Planning Department - coordinates and leads environmental planning and environmental policies.
Provincial development plans elaborated by the provincial government are approved by the provincial council.

www.plan.senplades.gov.ec

Legal framework for SEA

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Framework/Enabling law

Name of first enabling legislation that sets the framework for SEA.

The SEA is not established in the legislation.

Scope of SEA application

Describes for which planning processes (at policy, programme and plan level) SEA is required.

The SEA is applied for national, regional and local plans, policies and programs, which are likely to cause significant environmental impacts.

Institutional setting for SEA

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SEA procedure

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Establishing context

Implementing the SEA

Informing and influencing decision-making

SEA and planning decision-making

What is the formal role of SEA in decision-making on the plan? Is SEA approval needed before a planning decision can be made?

The SEA is voluntary. 

Monitoring

SEA practice

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Case studies

SEA case studies on which information is available are listed here, including a link to case documentation, if available.

  • Strategic Environmental Assessment of coastal tourism on coastal resources (PMCR II) in 2006.
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Rural Roads Project (vol. 1 of 4) by Fundación Natura in 2004.

Capacity development

Sets out any ongoing training programmes (including professional and academic training) and major training events held in the past (with focus on recent events).

An example of capacity development is the environmental and social evaluation methodology training of the regional strategic approach of EASE-IIRSA, Quito 2008. The IIRSA develops roads and other infrastructure in the Amazon rain forests.

Non-governmental SEA guidance

Lists any SEA manuals and good practice publications (including checklists, case studies) that have been published by parties other than government.

An example of a tool for planning is the strategic environmental and social assessment approach of the Integration of the Infrastructure by Regional South America Initiative (IIRSA). The IIRSA develops roads and other infrastructure in the Amazon rain forests.

http://www.iirsa.org/BancoMedios/Documentos%20PDF/plan_quito06_alfredo_paolillo.pdf

SEA links

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