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Country contact on SEA
Ministery of Environment
Av. Javier Prado Oeste 1440, San Isidro, Lima.
Country's planning system
In 2005 the Peruvian government set up the CEPLAN national planning procedure. However, in 2008 government restricted the procedure. At the level of the Regional Governments (Gobiernos Regionales) the CEPLAR procedure sets the rules of regional planning. Neither CEPLAN nor CEPLAR explicitly require environmental evaluation of the plans.
The National Government prepares its national plan at the beginning of their period of management.
Sectors make their plans and programs for a 4 or 10 year period. For example the Ministry of environment made its national environmental action plan for the period 2010-2021.
Local district and provincial municipalities develop their development plans for a period of 4 years.
History of SEA
- 2003: elaboration of SEA for the urban transportation program in Lima
- 2005: approval of the environmental Law no. 28611: "every human activity involving buildings, works, services and other activities, as well as the policies, plans and public programs which can cause significant, environmental impacts is subject, according to law, to the national system of environmental impact assessment (SEIA), which is administered by the national environmental authority”.
- 2009: approval of the (Environmental Impact Assessment System) SEIA Law. This law regulates the procedures of SEA.
Legal framework for SEA
The legal framework for environmental management is the Environmental Law (Law No. 28611).
Approving authority of enabling law
First national detailed SEA regulation
The Law of the National System of Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) and his regulations were approved in 2009 (Law no. 27446). This law mentions the SEA as a preventive tool of environmental management at decision-making levels.
The implementation of SEA has as objective to internalize environmental issues in proposals of plans, programs and policies of the State. The SEA should prevent significant negative environmental impacts.
Scope of SEA application
SEA is applied at national, regional and local level plans, policies, and programs which can cause significant environmental impacts.
The methodology of the SEA procedures are based on the EIA procedures and regulations.
Institutional setting for SEA
Central SEA authority
The Ministry of Environment promotes, evaluates and approves the SEA.
Implementing the SEA
Define the scope of SEA.
Content of SEA report
- Analyses of the objectives of the plan, program or policy
- Description of the current environmental situation related to the plan, program or policy
- Methodology of the SEA
- Identification of potential environmental impacts
- Assessment of environmental impacts
- Indicators for evaluation, monitoring and control
- Selection of alternatives
- Measures to prevent, reduce and mitigate impacts
- Mechanisms for citizen participation
- Strategy of compliance with the measures included in the SEA
Reglament of the Law SEIA of 2009 art. no. 63
Informing and influencing decision-making
SEA and planning decision-making
The SEA must be approved prior to the implementation of policies, plans and public programs
Recommendations for decision-making
The SEA report includes recommendations.
The Environmental Evaluation and Monitoring Agency (Organismo de Evaluación y Fiscalización Ambiental, OEFA) is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the recommendations of the SEA report.
- Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the megaproject of the corridor North Amazon road developed by Proinversion in coordination with the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) with support of USAID in 2005
- Strategic Environmental Assessment, of the urban transportation program of Metropolitan Lima, developed by Protransporte, agency of the municipality of Metropolitan Lima in 2003
- Strategic Environmental Assessment of the development program of gas production in the Lower Urubamba, developed by CONAM (now the Ministry of Environment). Was promoted as part of the 21 commitments assumed by the Peruvian Government on the Camisea Project, completed in 2007
- ”International workshop on SEA as planning tool” organized by DAR, WWF, Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Energy and Mining in February 2009
Non-governmental SEA guidance
- “Strategic environmental assessment in the Peru”; proposals for the design of this tool by A. Barandiarán Gómez, Organization of Law, Environment and Natural Resources (DAR) and World Wildlife Fund. Inc.
Hecho el Depósito Legal en la Biblioteca Nacional del Perú N° 2008 - 15253 ISBN: 978-603-45003-3-4
Other relevant links on SEA
Law, Environment and Natural Resources (Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, DAR)