27 March 2019
Infographic SEA process
A visual can sometimes say more than a 1000 words, so we have developed an infographic of what a typical good SEA process would look like in practice. We intend to use it in our training. But anyone is free to use it if felt useful. Please contact us for more information.
Most important messages in the infographic are:
- Link the SEA effectively to the planning process.
- Organise continuous exchange between decision-making and information gathering.
- Same for the continuous interaction between the different 'groups' involved in the process - such as decision makers, initiators, stakeholders, consultants.
- Data gathering is not a goal in itself, but serves assessing impact and developing alternatives.
- Mobilize influencers to translate and communicate SEA findings to planners and politicians.
- Involve stakeholders in monitoring and evaluation.
We developed a 6 slide presentation, whereby layers are built up one by one. Every slide, adding a new group in the process.
25 March 2019
Review ESIA Kingfisher oil development - Uganda
24-28 February, Hoima - The Kingfisher oil development project is located at the borders of Lake Albert, Uganda, and consists of oil production facilities, supporting infrastructure and a feeder pipeline to a planned refinery and oil export pipeline.
An ESIA for this project has been submitted to the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA). NEMA requested NCEAs support in reviewing this ESIA. In an interactive workshop - also with representatives from lead agencies and the Norwegian Environment Agency - the ESIA report was discussed. An additional field visit allowed the group to get a good impression of the project site and to involve local stakeholders. Although the ESIA report is generally of good quality, the NCEAs advice contains recommendations on several issues, such as:
- alternatives for project infrastructure
- biodiversity impacts, such as vulnerable species and habitats, Bugoma forest and Lake Albert
- social impacts, related to autonomous and project related population increase
- Unplanned events and emergency response
- CO2 and energy footprint
18 March 2019
Review ESIA Mandalay Pyigyitagon Water Supply Project
The Pyigyitagon township in Mandalay, Myanmar currently has 250.000 inhabitants. The Mandalay City Development Council is proposing a Water Supply Project to sustainably and continuously provide potable water according to WHO and Myanmar standards. In total about 125,000 people, businesses and industries will benefit from the project.
As part of the Dutch 'private sector developmentt' programme, the NCEA has reviewed the ESIA. In order to start with this project, we recommend that additional assessment work should be undertaken to address the following important shortcomings:
• Health effects due to absence of wastewater treatment;
• Sustainable water supply system;
• Compensation of farmers;
• Access to water by non-registered settlers.
The full advice can be read and downloaded from the projectpage.
11 March 2019
Next phase: SEA Development plan Sourou - Mali
Bamako, 1-5 March - After adopting the SEA scoping decision in February, the Steering Committee of the Sourou region development plan is moving on to the next phase: prioritising the issues at stake and assessing their impact on sustainable development. As part of our coaching role in this process, we facilitated lively political discussion and dialogue between the steering committee and the civil servants responsible for the technical SEA process.
11 March 2019
National SEA seminars with SEA training alumni
In the past weeks, the NCEA staff joined SIDA/Niras in some of their closing seminars of the international Strategic Environmental Assessment training programme. In Mozambique, Uganda, Rwanda, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Cambodia we gave various presentations on SEA but above all listened to and learned from the 'new' SEA professionals in these countries. With enthusiasm and patience, this group for instance implements SEA for large programmes and plans, or works on the introduction of SEA legislation. All driven by the belief that SEA really may contribute to sustainable development in their country. We wish the new SEA professionals all the best and hope to work with them in the future. In addition, we compliment SIDA/Niras with their important work for SEA capacity development.