EIA mapping in Benin, interesting results

Cotonou,Benin. The NCEA, together with the Beninese Environmental Agency’s and the Beninese Association for Environmental Assessment Professionals, carried out a joint mapping of the Benin EIA system. About 35 stakeholders of EIA were together for two days in an interactive workshop setting.The mapping exposes the strengths and weaknesses of the system. First results seem to indicate that although the EIA system functions well in many ways, the quality of EIA should be improved, as well as public participation and its link with enforcement. After all  results are analysed, they will be discussed with the stakeholders in a follow-up meeting in april/may.