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NCEA newsletter - March 2018

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SEA: added value for Pantanal-Chaco region

How can SEA be an added value for spatial planning and water infrastructure in the Pantanal-Chaco region? That was the objective of two workshops the NCEA recently organised as part of the Shared Resources Joint Solutions programme (WWF/IUCN) in Paraguay.  Representatives of municipalities, ministries, NGOs and CSOs worked with real cases to better understand the value of SEA for decision-making in this diverse and sensitive area bordering Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil.

As co-trainer, the NCEA had invited mr. Luis Fernando Terceros from Bolivia, with whom the NCEA worked closely on SEA in Bolivia, offering an excellent opportunity for ‘south-south exchange’ of experience.

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ESIA review for tourism projects, Zanzibar

Since tourism is a leading economic sector in Zanzibar, the Environmental Management Authority (ZEMA) requested NCEA for a workshop on ESIA review. Enthusiastic participants from the environmental authorities (Zanzibar and mainland) and local government worked during three days on reviewing ESIA cases in the tourism sector, focussing on the conditions translated in the Environmental Certificate. In addition, they started with drafting a review checklist for tourism projects.

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New colleagues!

We are happy to welcome two new colleagues to our international team: 

Leyla Özay (l) is our new technical secretary. She has a masters degree in governance and a post-doc in international development. She has worked on themes such as sustainable land governance, land conflict, forestry, sexual and reproductive rights and sustainable food chains. Her previous work experience included long-term time abroad in Zambia and Vietnam. 

Njambi Atema (r) is our new project secretary. She has been working in various supporting roles before joining our team where she will be coordinating work for Gwen van Boven and Rob Verheem. Next to her work for the NCEA, Njambi is a professional jazz and soul singer, performing regularly in the Netherlands. 

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