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NCEA newsletter - April 2018

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ESIA for Fomi Dam in Guinea

The Ministry for Environment of Guinea has asked NCEA’s independent advice on the ESIA for the Fomi dam in the Niger river. The Fomi dam is expected to enable irrigation, generate electricity and increase river navigability. However, there are also risks involved of downstream adverse impacts and impacts in the reservoir area. The (mandatory) ESIA is highly suitable for balancing all issues at stake, facilitating participation and guiding a transparent process. The NCEA's advice concerns the scoping-phase of the ESIA. 


Ethiopia: How to make ESIA effective in practice?

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, 10-14 April. How to make ESIA effective in practice? That will be the focus in the coming year  in our cooperation with Amhara Regional State. A recently held 3-day needs assessment with regional, zonal and municipal environmental protection staff revealed a large gap between theory and practice. On paper the ESIA system is quite well developed, in practice the procedure is hardly followed. With tailor-made and practical hands-on training we are looking forward to support more effective ESIA implementation.    

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SEA for a land use plan of the Sourou in Mali

Mopti, Mali, 27-29 March. The Sourou is a landscape in Mali that revolves around the Sourou river. It suffers problems like unemployment, low productiveness, terrorism and increasing conflict over land. Last year, local government started with the development of a land-use plan for this area, supported by the Dutch embassy. To assess the environmental and social impacts of the plan, to compare alternatives and facilitate participation, the steering committee of the plan would like to carry out an SEA. The NCEA provided a 2 day training on the implementation of this SEA. This is a follow-up of a previous workshop held in November 2017. 


Utilising SEA in realising energy transitions

The Hague - 4 April. In the context of the Tanzania Dutch Energy Capacity Building (TDECB) programme, Bobbi Schijf (NCEA) presented to a Tanzanian delegation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, experiences with ESIA and SEA for Energy planning. In particular with a focus on how to utilise SEA in realising energy transitions. This topic is also addressed in our new Views and Experiences publication 2018 edition.      

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The NCEA at IAIA18 in Durban

The NCEA staff is looking forward to join old and new impact professionals at IAIAs conference in Durban (16-19 May). We will present and/or chair sessions on Climate Change, EA system approach, diagnostic tools, regional / land use planning and SDG's. In addition we will be present with a booth in the expo hall. We welcome you to stop by for information, a chat or to pick up a copy of our new publication Views and Experiences 2018. Hope to see you in Durban!

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NCEA's Views and Experiences 2018

It is with great pleasure that we present the newest edition of our views and experiences series. A compilation of recent cases and experiences, (inter)views and infographics on our work in the Netherlands and abroad. In the 2018 edition we pay attention to energy transition, landscape approach, independent quality control, ESIA mapping, port development and an interview with Prof. dr. Rudy Rabbinge on the his time as vice-chair with the NCEA. We wish you pleasant reading!

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