Introduction

In its preamble, the Central Africa Republic Constitution places the rigorous and transparent management of the environment as an important condition for sustainable development. Article 9 of the Constitution guarantees every citizen the right to a healthy environment (Act No. 04392 of December 2004, amended in 2010). Environmental protection and management is currently governed through its Environmental Code adopted in December 2007 (Law No. 07.018). Principles put forward in this law are a.o: (i) the integration of environmental protection and improvement into all development projects; (ii) taking into account environmental and sustainable development considerations into political plans and: (iii) participation and access to environmental information.   

It is this law that is currently the base of the principle of the environmental assessment. Enabling decrees, ministerial orders and guidelines are still awaited.

NGOs, consulting firms and national professional associations exist and participate in environmental impact studies. People or their representatives are part of the process of decision making on the implementation of projects, through consultations and public hearings.


News

MoU with forest commission in Central Africa

Webpages | 01-02-2022

MoU with forest commission in Central Africa

The month of February started well with the signature of an MoU between the NCEA and COMIFAC, the Commission of Central African Forests.

New MoU with EA secretariat in Central Africa

Webpages | 18-11-2021

New MoU with EA secretariat in Central Africa

On November 17th, the NCEA signed a new MoU with its long-time partner in Central Africa, the Secretariat for Environmental Assessment in Central Africa…

Health in ESIA guidelines for Central African countries

Webpages | 21-10-2020

Health in ESIA guidelines for Central African countries

SEEAC – the Central African Secretariat for Environmental Assessment is working on a guide on how to integrate health in ESIA. One of the aims is…

How SEA contributed to conflict prevention

Webpages | 15-06-2020

How SEA contributed to conflict prevention

The Clingendael Institute in cooperation with th NCEA just published a policy brief on the role and effectiveness of SEA in the Sourou area, a fragile…

SEA introduction workshop - The Philippines

Webpages | 27-11-2019

SEA introduction workshop - The Philippines

In Talisay Luzon, government agencies and CSOs participated in a 3-day SEA introduction workshop. The workshop - part of the SRJS Programme of IUCN NL -…

A step towards more stability in cental Mali

Webpages | 23-09-2019

A step towards more stability in cental Mali

The signing of the environmental permit in June and thereby approving the SEA for the development plan of the Sourou region, marked an important step in…

Minister Kaag signs MoU development plan Mali

Webpages | 02-07-2019

Minister Kaag signs MoU development plan Mali

Mopti, 29 june - Mr Etienne Bello, chair of the joined local governments of the Sourou area in Central Mali, and the Dutch minister for Foreign…

Harmonisation of ESIA legislation in Central Africa

Webpages | 04-12-2018

Harmonisation of ESIA legislation in Central Africa

Brussels, 27th November - COMIFAC and the NCEA are happy to announce they have signed an MoU for collaboration in the next three years. COMIFAC is an…

Seminar ESIA for infrastucture, Central Africa

Webpages | 20-11-2018

Seminar ESIA for infrastucture, Central Africa

Congo-Brazzaville, 13-16 Nov. 2018 - Participants from Congo, Cameroon, DRC and CAR discussed enthusiastically possibilities, cases and lessons learnt…

Expert meeting sustainable infrastructure

Webpages | 01-11-2018

Expert meeting sustainable infrastructure

How can infrastructure contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in particular to SDG 9 on infrastructure?

Independent review impact assessments in Central Africa

Webpages | 12-06-2018

Independent review impact assessments in Central Africa

Cameroon, 24-28 April. In collaboration with its partner SEEAC, the NCEA will support COMIFAC - the union of ministers for the forestry and / or…

SEA for Sourou development plan, Mali

Webpages | 30-10-2017

SEA for Sourou development plan, Mali

The Netherlands Embassy in Mali and the NCEA facilitated a workshop in Mopti to discuss SEA for a development plan in the Sourou area. Decentral and…

Article: capacity development on ESIA in Central Africa (PAANEEAC)

Webpages | 27-06-2017

Article: capacity development on ESIA in Central Africa (PAANEEAC)

How can capacity for ESIA in developing countries be increased, and contribute to governance of investment decisions? In the past, research has shown…

Environmental & social assessment for Central African forests

Webpages | 07-12-2016

Environmental & social assessment for Central African forests

The NCEA has assisted the Secretariat for Environmental Assessment in Central Africa (SEACA-SEEAC) in elaborating a Directive on Environmental and…

Advice on best practice ESIA for port development

Webpages | 30-03-2016

Advice on best practice ESIA for port development

The NCEA issued an advice that identifies measures to enhance the quality of ESIAs for Dutch port development in emerging and developing countries.…

First annual meeting of EIA associations in Central Africa

Webpages | 27-11-2014

First annual meeting of EIA associations in Central Africa

It’s been a year! Since the closure of a capacity building programme with the NCEA, national EIA associations in Central Africa and…

Publication now available in English: Evolution of EIA systems in Central Africa

Webpages | 14-08-2014

Publication now available in English: Evolution of EIA systems in Central Africa

In 2013, the NCEA and some partners published a book on the evolution of EIA systems in Central Africa, focusing on the role of national professional…

How effective is EIA in Cameroon and Uganda?

Webpages | 16-07-2014

How effective is EIA in Cameroon and Uganda?

The Environmental Impact Assessment Enhancement project in Uganda and Cameroon started this month with a consultative workshop.

Establishment of network EIA administrations Central Africa

Webpages | 02-06-2014

Establishment of network EIA administrations Central Africa

The establishment of a central network is a long-lasting wish of the EIA administrations in Central Africa. It will provide opportunities for…

Concluding report on EIA programme in Central Africa

Webpages | 10-04-2014

Concluding report on EIA programme in Central Africa

Concluding report on EIA programme in Central Africa

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Webpages | 17-02-2014

New MoU with Central African Regional EIA association

The NCEA and the Secretariat for Environmental Evaluation in Central Africa (SEEAC) signed a MoU for support and cooperation for the period 2014-2018.

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Webpages | 30-01-2014

Short video on Central African programme

"There are three aspects of good cooperation between an EIA association and the EIA department" as one of the interviewees in the short video says.

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Webpages | 20-01-2014

New MoUs with EIA associations in Burundi and Rwanda

EIA associations can play an important role within EIA systems. The NCEA will continue to support EIA associations in Burundi and Rwanda, following the…

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Webpages | 09-12-2013

Results of the EIA mapping workshops in West African countries

Conakry, 5-6 December 2013. The West African Association of Environmental Assessment organised a regional workshop to discuss strengths and…

New publication: EIA associations Central Africa

Webpages | 07-11-2013

New publication: EIA associations Central Africa

The publication is about the role of EIA associations in the strengthening of EIA systems in Central Africa.

Evaluation 5 year capacity development Central Africa

Webpages | 21-08-2013

Evaluation 5 year capacity development Central Africa

After 5 year capacity development on strenthening EIA systems in Central Africa, it is time to evaluate. Has progress been made? What has changed and…

Tour of the Central Africa Region

Webpages | 04-03-2013

Tour of the Central Africa Region

January – February, Central Africa region - for NCEA’s Central Africa programme, the year started with a monitoring and planning visit to…

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Webpages | 05-11-2012

Annual meeting SEEAC 2012

Bangui, Central African Republic – 5-9 November 2012 – The annual meeting of the national associations for environmental assessment in…