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Promoting ratification and application of the Protocol on SEA

Activities under the Espoo EIA Convention and its Protocol on SEA
(period between 5th and 6th Meetings of the Parties, 2011-2014)

See also the previous activities relating to capacity development for the Protocol:



Maintenance of the Resource Manual

On-going, see Russian translation of the Manual.

Elaboration of compact and simplified version of the Resource Manual

See Simplified Resource Manual in English, French and Russian.

Preparation of two-page informal pamphlets on key issues in SEA practice

On-going (being lead by IAIA), see No. 7: Alternatives in Strategic Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programs (March 2014)

Workshops, including training, on the application of the Protocol for countries in the UNECE region and other Parties to the Protocol, in particular countries of South-Eastern and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Planned, lead country: organizing country (for training: Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, and Ukraine), with support of experts from Austria and Slovenia, and from REC-CEE and WHO invited to share their experience

(a) Armenia, National level training workshop on SEA, 26-29 November 2013.

(b) Belarus, three local level training worskshops on SEA in October 2013, in Gomel, Brest and Grodno.

(c) Georgia, postponed to 2014-2015.

(d) Kazakhstan, cancelled.

(e) Republic of Moldova, postponed to 2014.

(f) Russian Federation, possibly postponed to next intersessional period.

(g) Ukraine, National level training workshop on SEA, 1-4 October 2013.

Pilot SEAs in selected countries, in selected sectors

(a) Pilot project in the Republic of Moldova (postponed to 2014)

(b) Pilot project in Armenia (postponed to 2014-2015)

(c) Pilot project in Azerbaijan (postponed to 2014-2015)

Preparation of a format for SEA notification

See Draft Format for Notification under the Protocol.

Development of legislation on SEA

On-going. See National round-table held on 3 September 2013 and review of legislation on SEA.

Joint workshop on public participation in SEA in accordance with the Protocol and article 7 of the Aarhus Convention

See joint meeting held on 29-30 October 2012.

Coordination with the Belgrade SEA Initiative

On-going. Donor support being sought.

© United Nations Economic Commissions for Europe – 2013