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Subregional cooperation and capacity-building

Activities under the Espoo Convention and its Protocol on SEA
(period between 6th and 7th sessions of the Meetings of the Parties to the Convention, 2014-2017)

Subregional cooperation and capacity-building to strengthen contacts between the Parties and others, including States outside the UNECE region.

See also the previous activity relating to subregional cooperation and capacity development:

South-Eastern Europe subregion
Workshop(s) on implementation of the Convention, Protocol and Bucharest Agreement in the subregion: workshop to prepare for the first Meeting of the Parties to the Bucharest AgreementPlanned in 2015-2016.

Mediterranean subregion, including Adriatic Sea

Carried forward workshop for the MediterraneanHeld:

Seminar on 14 - 15 April 2015, Rabat, Morocco

Lead country: Morocco, with support from other interested countries.

Baltic Sea subregion

Holding of three meetings on:

(a) SEA for programmes of measures under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (art. 13) and the experience of large-scale transboundary projects;

(b) (i) Assessment and reduction of transboundary impacts on transboundary watercourses and international lakes in the context of the Espoo Convention, the Protocol on SEA and the Helsinki Convention;

(ii) Effective public participation in SEA/EIA in the context of the Espoo Convention, the Protocol on SEA and the Aarhus Convention;

(c) (topics to be identified by the lead country).


(a) Seminar on 6 - 7 November 2014, Berlin, Germany

(b) Seminar on 28 - 29 September 2015, Vilnius, Lithuania


(c) Seminar in Latvia planned in 2016

Lead countries: Germany, Latvia and Lithuania.

Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
Subregional coordination and experience-sharing events to share successes, challenges, solutions and experiences as well as the results of capacity-building activities on SEA and EIA, followed by the dissemination of seminar results in all countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, including to the public and NGOs. The events can focus one or several challenges in SEA or EIA implementation (e.g., public participation; monitoring; inter-ministerial cooperation/consultations) or on a sector (energy, mining, etc.) Countries to propose themes/ topics for the events: Lead country: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine.

(a) Practical experience in application of SEA to various plans and programmes in the EU countries, comparison of legal, institutional and procedural frameworks;

(b) Lessons learned from national and subregional reviews of legal and institutional frameworks for application of EIA and SEA;

(c) Lessons learned from the SEA pilot projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. 


(a) Study tour on 1 - 5 December 2014, Prague, Czech Republic

(b) International sub-regional conference and the training of trainers workshop on 2 - 6 November 2015, Kakheti, Georgia


(c) Seminar in Latvia planned in 2016

Joint capacity-building activities with the Aarhus Convention for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia on public participation in decision-making, including to strengthen the capacities of national Aarhus Centres and the regional Aarhus Centres Network in the EIA and SEA processes. Use the Good Practice Recommendations on Public Participation on SEA and the general guidance on enhancing systemic consistency. 

Lead countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, involving Aarhus Centres in these countries, with support from OSCE and inputs from Aarhus Convention and Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) secretariats.

(a) Development and compilation of capacity-building materials;
(b) Regional and national training workshops.
Planned: 2015 - 2016.