040-i. Advisory review: environmental sector study - Sri Lanka

The NCEA issued an advisory review of an Environmental Sector Study (ESS) including analysis of its suitability as a review framework for project assessment. In the review it also applied the ESS for the purpose of reviewing six project proposals.

Rapports consultatifs et autres documents

05 okt 2000: Other

Accompanying letter


Appendices Advice

Informations importantes

Part of the development cooperation relationship between the governments of Sri Lanka and the Netherlands focuses on the environmental sector (and in particular ‘natural resources management’, NRM). The Netherlands Embassy has undertaken an Environmental Sector Study (ESS) with two purposes:

  • To identify whether support for the area of NRM offers sufficient scope for the realisation of the Netherlands policy;
  • To identify whether the selected sub-sectors and approach of the ADB (lead donor) sufficiently reflects local priorities and offers scope for a contribution from the Netherlands.

Simultaneously, the Netherlands Embassy was asked to consider financial support to six project proposals in the NRM sector.

The Embassy invited the NCEA to advise on which project proposals are preferable in terms of quality, coherence and synergy with other activities. For an assessment of the six project proposals, the NCEA suggested to use the available ESS as a review framework. It proposed a step-wise approach for this review:

  1. Assessment of the general quality of the ESS
  2. Assessment of usefulness of the ESS as a methodological framework
  3. Assessment of usefulness of the ESS as a review framework for the assessment of the project proposals
  4. Assessment of the 6 project proposals (making use of the ESS).

Following the first steps, the NCEA concluded that the ESS serves the purpose of a ‘quick scan’ which forms a good starting point for environmental action planning in the coming years. It indicated that the ESS provides parts for a reference framework that is required for the justification of the chosen sub-sectors, and for the evaluation of the six projects proposals. It can be used as a first screening tool for project evaluation, namely in making clear which projects are not suitable for financing.

In its advice, the NCEA describes a tool/approach for project assessment. This approach consists of 3 steps:

  1. Summary of lessons learned;
  2. Formulation of criteria derived from the lessons learned;
  3. Formulation of criteria derived from best professional judgement.

As a next step, the NCEA assessed the 6 project proposals on basis of the set of criteria mentioned above. Its findings were presented in a diagram in the advisory report.

Parties concernées

Membres du groupe de travail

mr A. van Dijk
mr J.W. Overbeek
mr H.J.F. Savenije

Le président du groupe de travail: mr J.W. Kroon

Secrétaire technique: ms I.A. Steinhauer

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Autorité de composants
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Commencé: 19 jun 2000
Terminé: 05 okt 2000


Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)
Land use planning
Institutional development
Natural resources management

Pays/région/thème: Sri Lanka

Mise à jour: 02 apr 2019