7018. Benin general

A multi-annual cooperation between the Agence Béninoise pour l'Environnement (ABE), responsible for ESIA and SEA in Bénin, and the NCEA, on independent advice and capacity development.

Significant details

The NCEA visited Benin in 2011 to explore possibilities for a West African regional programme. At that time, the opportunities for EIA strengthening activities were limited. In 2013, however, a reconnaissance mission of the NCEA to Bénin led to a renewed momentum for cooperation between the NCEA and the environmental authority of Benin (ABE) as well as ABPEE (the association of EIA professionals in Benin). The first activities under this renewed cooperation have been undertaken in early 2014 (ESIA system mapping in Benin).

The NCEA and the ABE have worked together as partners in the period 2014 - 2018. In this period, concrete advices were given about oil and gas project, a hydroelectric dam and a sea port. After an ESIA mapping, NCEA adviced in 2014 about the Decree on ESIA and SEA. Many recommendations were adopted, including the requirement to improve the scope. In May 2015 the new Decree was adopted by the Cabinet. Other institutional challenges were further explored in meetings and incidental training sessions. For example, in june 2015, when a working group was in Cotonou to advice about the new port of Sèmè-Podji, the NCEA led a training workshop about environmental management of ports, and did a model inspection of the port of Cotonou. MoU's in 2015 and 2016, and talks in 2016 with the minister of environment and the director-general of the ABE about a fully fledged programme on capacity development did not materialize (until 2018).

Parties involved

Members of the working group

Technical secretary: Mr S.J. Teeuwen

Further details

Country: Benin

Last modified: 19 Jun 2019