25 October 2018
Guidance on ESIA legal frameworks for mining
Geneva, 18 October 2018 - The NCEA will assist the Intergovernmental Forum on mining and sustainable development (IGF) in developing practical guidance on improving ESIA legal frameworks for mining. This initiative is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was discussed at IGF's Annual Meeting where NCEA's director Rob Verheem served as one of the panelists in the "ESIA and mining" special session.
25 October 2018
SEA legislation adopted in Bangladesh
Dhaka, 9-11 October 2018. Following a growing number of countries, also Bangladesh has now adopted SEA legislation. There are currently 3 SEA's planned in the near future:
- an SEA for regional planning for South West Bangladesh and the Sundarbans;
- an SEA for developments of deep sea ports;
- an SEA for a development plan for the Gulf of Bengal.
The Ministry of Environment, dept of Forestry asked NCEA’s support for the SEA for Sundarbans, which will be starting at the beginnig of 2019. Good cooperation between ministries and donor organisations on these SEA’s will definitely strengthen SEA practice.
22 October 2018
Environmental assessment in Niger
Niamey, 17-21 October. Also in Niger climate change and environmental awareness are on the agenda. At the request of the national Environmental Agency, BNEE, the NCEA visited the country to explore opportunities for future collaboration. The NCEA had a productive mission which included many meetings and a two-day mapping workshop facilitated by our expert Mr. Karim Samoura. See also our article "New dynamics in ESIA mapping".
18 October 2018
Rwanda adopted new Environmental Law
October, Kigali, Rwanda – Rwanda adopted its new Environment Law this August, which paves the way for a revision of Ministerial Orders on EIA and SEA. The Ministry of Environment asked for the NCEAs input on those legal texts. The new law will bring SEA higher on the government’s agenda, and the Rwanda Environment Management Authority will be tasked to mainstream SEA across sectors and ensure quality of its application. To prepare for these tasks, REMA asked for cooperation with the NCEA on SEA.
18 October 2018
September, Bujumbura, Burundi – after an absence of three years, the NCEA visited Bujumbura to catch up on Environmental Assessment practice with its old partners, such as the Burundi Environment Protection Office OBPE, and discuss the situation with a range of other stakeholders. Three years of relative instability have led to a dwindling investment climate, and therefore, of EA practice. Nevertheless, the OBPE is ready to revive the cooperation and work on a revision of the legal framework and strengthen capacity. The Ministry of Planning is keen to investigate whether and how SEA could help strengthening its planning practice.
03 October 2018
Review ESIA gas/liquid project, Senegal
The Senegalese environmental agency DEEC is currently reviewing an ESIA for a gas to liquid project. This project is planned offshore, near the Mauritanian border. Particular concerns about this project are the potential impacts on fisheries, biodiversity and coastal erosion. DEEC recently requested the NCEA to carry out an independent review of this ESIA. The NCEA’s advice will inform the upcoming public hearing and a meeting validating the ESIA. Our advice will also inform an ongoing SEA for the off shore gas and oil sector.
01 October 2018
“EIA is the soul of sustainable tourism”
“EIA is the soul of sustainable tourism”. This was the slogan for a seminar organised on Zanzibar in honour of World Tourism Day. It was a jointly organised by the Zanzibar Environmental Management Agency, Commission for Tourism, and Investment agency. The activity was supported by a co-operation project between Dutch and Zanzibar governments. The NCEA presented an international perspective on how ESIA can contribute to better tourism projects.