Capacity building on environmental assessment in Lebanon
The NCEA supported the Norwegian Environmental Agency in facilitating a training on strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and environmental (and social) impact assessment (ESIA) in Lebanon. The training took place on 8-11 December 2015 and focused on skills for reviewing SEA and E(S)IA, specifically for oil and gas exploration and production. Participants included representatives from various ministries, consultancy firms, and the Lebanese Petroleum Authority. They were trained in understanding which environmental issues are most important to be addressed in E(S)IA/SEA for different stages, such as seismic testing, drilling, construction, and operation. Group exercises shaped around real-life case examples helped participants to practice their skills.