30 October 2017
Lectures on SEA for 5 Asian countries
The NCEA provided guest lectures on SEA for about 30 government officials from five South East Asian countries. The lectures were part of the three-week International Training Programme on SEA, organised by Sida/NIRAS, and took place in Stockholm on 12 and 13 October. They were important and timely, because officials from four of these countries (Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos) are currently working on the introduction of SEA in their country.
30 October 2017
SEA for Sourou development plan, Mali
The Netherlands Embassy in Mali and the NCEA facilitated a workshop in Mopti to discuss SEA for a development plan in the Sourou area. Decentral and central governments as well as representatives of the private sector and NGOs designed an integrated planning and assessment process with a road map. The Sourou area has one of Mali’s last rich wetlands. Tensions between fishermen, farmers and cattle herders are increasing. This is partly due to climate change and migrants from the unsecure and drought stricken north and inner delta of the river Niger in central Mali.
11 October 2017
ESIA and industrial emissions legislation, Georgia
Since its association agreement with the EU (2014), Georgia is in the process of transposing EU Directives into its national legislation. Over the past years Georgia has therefore worked on preparing ESIA legislation, with support from the NCEA. Currently on the agenda is the Industrial Emissions Directive, which will be transposed into Georgian legislation with help from various parties in an EU twinning project. As part of this project, the NCEA has advised on how to align the new legislation with the ESIA legislation. This helps Georgia to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for investors.