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NCEA newsletter - February 2019


SEA for Manila Bay Sustainable Development Plan - the Philippines

January - The city of Manila is growing fast, and faces major challenges in environmental management. The Government of the Philippines is developing a Sustainable Development Master Plan for the Manila Bay Area. The NCEA was asked to advise on the possible application of SEA to this plan. In our opinion, an SEA can add value. It helps to ensure that all relevant environmental and social impacts are considered and debated, before decision options are chosen. SEA can also help to make decision-making more transparent and accountable. The advice explains how to tailor SEA to the master planning process.

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SEA for Sundarbans - Bangladesh

Dhaka, 27-31 January - In Bangladesh an SEA for the South West region including the Sundarbans will start soon. The Sundarbans has a World Heritage Status and is well known as an important habitat for the Royal Bengal tiger. The SEA is recommended by UNESCO. In the build-up to this SEA, the NCEA has trained the staff of the Department of Forestry and Environment. 

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MoU 2019-2022 with Ministry of Environment - Niger

Niamey, 4-8 February - We are happy to announce that the Nigerien ministry of Environment and the NCEA signed a protocol for collaboration for 2019-2022. Important themes will be the elaboration of legal texts, increasing professional and regional exchange, and training of trainers. Staff from the environmental agency (BNEE) and the NCEA already started various working sessions focused on environmental legislation. We look forward to working with BNEE and contribute to sustainable development in Niger! 

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  myanmar trainers

SEA trainers in Myanmar

Naypyidaw, 4-8 February - In Myanmar 12 alumni of the Swedish supported international SEA programme were educated by the NCEA to become SEA trainers. They are now ready and enthusiastic to organise SEA awareness-raising and training activities in their department. The next step is to get more people involved in SEA practice and to share experiences. 

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