8013. Zanzibar Capacity Development

In June 2014, the NCEA started a 2-year cooperation capacity-building programme to improve the Government of Zanzibar's expertise on EIA and SEA. The programme focused initially on the oil and gas sector but later on include other sectors as well.

Advisory reports and other documents

30 Oct 2014: Other
1-page project summary
31 Oct 2014: Other
EIA mapping report
11 Dec 2014: Other
Report EIA regulation workshop
Report EIA review workshop
Report streamlining workshop
23 Feb 2015: Other
Report SEA workshop
21 Sep 2015: Other
Report EIA screening
01 Oct 2015: Other
Report EIA financing
19 Feb 2016: Other
Report public participation workshop
03 Oct 2016: Other
Report Seminar Series Making EIA work for Zanzibar

Significant details

Process and activities

Exploration for offshore oil and gas reserves was about to start in Zanzibar, but the government felt that it lacked the expertise to exploit such reserves in a sustainable manner. Moreover, private sector parties aiming to be involved in exploration want to do this in an environmentally friendly manner but felt that Zanzibar's EIA and SEA procedures were insufficient to guarantee this. The NCEA therefore cooperates with Zanzibar's Environmental Management Authority (ZEMA) and the Department of Environment (DoE) which are responsible for EIA and SEA. After receipt of a request for assistance in December 2013, the NCEA conducted the following activities:

  • A needs assessment study in Zanzibar in January 2014;
  • Drafting and agreement on a project plan (see attached 1-page project summary);
  • A mapping of the EIA system in June 2014 (see attached mapping report);
  • Workshops on EIA regulation, EIA review and streamlining of EIA and other approval processes (see attached workshop reports);
  • An awareness raising workshop on SEA (see report).
  • Advice on EIA regulation, with a focus on screening and financing of governmental EIA tasks (see attached reports);
  • Workshop on public participation in EIA/SEA (see attached report).
  • Work sessions on the draft and final EIA regulations;
  • Final EIA awareness raising seminars: 2 days in Unguja and 1 day in Pemba (see attached report 'Making EIA work in Zanzibar')


The cooperation project will be finalized in October 2016.

Parties involved

Members of the working group

Hans Ronald Jan van Maanen

Technical secretary: Ineke Steinhauer

Further details

Country: Tanzania; Zanzibar (Tanzania)

Last modified: 29 Mar 2019