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NCEA newsletter - October 2018


  • Guidance on ESIA legal frameworks for mining
  • SEA legislation adopted in Bangladesh
  • Environmental assessment and ESIA mapping in Niger
  • Rwanda adopted new Environmental Law
  • Renewed cooperation with Burundi


  IGF meeting verheem

Guidance on ESIA legal frameworks for mining

Geneva, 18 October 2018 - The NCEA will assist the Intergovernmental Forum on mining and sustainable development (IGF) in developing practical guidance on improving ESIA legal frameworks for mining. This initiative is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was discussed at IGF's Annual Meeting where NCEA's director Rob Verheem served as one of the panelists in the "ESIA and mining" special session.  

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SEA legislation adopted in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 9-11 October 2018 - Following a growing number of countries, Bangladesh has now adopted Strategic Environmental Assessment legislation as well. There are currently 3 SEAs planned in the near future. The Department of Forestry requested the NCEA's support with the SEA for regional planning for South West Bangladesh / Sundarbans, starting early 2019. Good cooperation between ministries, (inter)national consultants and donor organisations on the 3 SEAs will definitely strengthen SEA practice.

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  niger mapping

Environmental assessment and ESIA mapping in Niger

Niamey, 17-21 October 2018 - In Niger climate change and environmental awareness are also on the agenda. At the request of the national Environmental Agency, BNEE, the NCEA visited the country to explore opportunities for future collaboration. The NCEA had a productive mission which included many meetings and a two-day mapping workshop facilitated by our expert Mr. Karim Samoura. See also our article "New dynamics in ESIA mapping". 

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Rwanda adopted new Environmental Law

Kigali, October 2018 – Rwanda adopted its new Environment Law last August, which paves the way for a revision of Ministerial Orders on ESIA and SEA. The Ministry of Environment requested the NCEA's input on these legal texts. The new law will bring SEA higher on the government’s agenda, and the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) will be tasked to mainstream SEA across sectors and ensure quality of its application. To prepare for these tasks, REMA  requested NCEAs support.

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Renewed cooperation with Burundi

Bujumbura, September 2018 – After an absence of three years, the NCEA recently visited Burundi. The past years of instability have led to a dwindling investment climate, and as a consequence, of EA practice. Nevertheless, the Burundi Environment Protection Office (OBPE), is ready to revive the cooperation with the NCEA and work on a revision of the legal framework and strengthen capacity. The Ministry of Planning is keen to investigate if and how SEA could help strengthening its planning practice. We are looking forward to work with our Burundese partners again!

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