EIA mapping tool

What is EIA Mapping?

EIA Mapping is a diagnostic tool to assess the state of a national EIA system. Practitioners and stakeholders of EIA discuss the performance of their system with the aid of a set of questions. The outcome is a graphical representation of the current EIA system, showing opportunities for improvement. It may serve as basis for an action plan to improve the national EIA system.  

Where has EIA Mapping been applied?

In about 25 jurisdictions all over the world. In 5 Central African countries and 7 Pakistani regions, EIA Mapping has been applied already twice. See for more information on EIA mapping in Pakistan the NIAP website.

Who can apply EIA Mapping?

National EIA Authorities can undertake an official mapping under auspices of the NCEA. This means: the result is owned by the EIA Authority, and it is produced according to the NCEA quality standards under the responsibility of a certified EIA Mapping facilitator.

How can I use the EIA Mapping tool?

By contacting the NCEA and implementing a joint EIA Mapping seminar. 

Can I become certified EIA Mapping facilitator?

A high quality application of EIA Mapping depends on highly skilled facilitators. They need to have ample experience with managing EIAs in practice as well as developing legislation and organization of EIA systems, they need to be available for several EIA Mappings per year. 

Barometer and EIA Mapping seminars under responsibility of CLEAA (Africa)

CLEAA (Capacity Development and Linkages for Environmental Assessment in Africa) is the umbrella of African association structure of EIA professionals. It works toward implementing analytical tools for EIA in all African countries with National EIA Authorities and recognized national Associations for Environmental Assessment. CLEAA makes two tools available: the EIA Barometer, developed by the Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAEIE) specifically for the African context and EIA Mapping. Both tools are brought under an CLEAA introductory page and can be obtained through CLEAA.  

What about costs?

In partner countries of The Netherlands: the NCEA can provide technical assistance at no cost, including the EIA Mapping Facilitator. Under certain conditions, the cost of venue can be compensated by the NCEA as well. Other costs like hotel, DSA etc, are not covered by the NCEA.

In other countries: Overall costs for an EIA Mapping seminar are in the range between € 15.000 - € 25.000.

What will happen with my EIA Map?

Once produced, the EIA Map will be re-edited (to correct small mistakes) and interpreted by the EIA Mapping Facilitator. It will then be owned by the national EIA Authority of the country concerned.

The NCEA will keep a copy of the map in an mapping database as backup. The database may be used to provide a copy of the map of a specific country, for example in case it has been lost.

Upon authorisation by the competent EIA authority, the NCEA can publish an EIA Map on its dedicated web page. 

EIA mapping is an assessment, not an action plan

An EIA Map itself, nor its written interpretation, is an action plan. Follow-up is usually needed to prioritise and develop a feasible activities. The NCEA and the EIA Mapping facilitator will normally be available to provide technical assistance if requested.

Is EIA Mapping scientific?

No, an EIA Map is always the result of discussions between stakeholders in a seminar. Most stakeholders are no scientists. The questions they discuss are determined by the EIA Mapping method, which has been developed by practitioners, not scientists. The same goes for the graphical representations. Yet, the list of questions covers virtually all aspects of EIA systems, and the national situation is compared with the most sophisticated EIA system possible, based on current knowledge about EIA systems in the world.