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SEA of the National Strategic Development Plan, Road Map and Long Term Investment Plan for the Solid Waste Management Sector in Armenia

The overall aim of the SEA pilot is to build capacities for practical application of SEA procedures at a national level and to raise awareness of SEA benefits among various national stakeholders. Its specific objectives include:

  • To test and demonstrate opportunities of practical application of the draft law on SEA based on the implementation of a pilot project;
  • To provide recommendations for environmental optimisation and modifications of the selected plan/programme;
  • To develop recommendations for further improvement of national legislative and institutional frameworks on SEA in a country.

Based on the discussion with the Ministry, the Strategic Development Plan, Road Map and Long Term Investment Plan for the Solid Waste Management Sector in Armenia (hereafter “Strategy”) has been identified as the strategic document for pilot application of SEA. The pilot will be conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, responsible for the preparation of the Strategy, and Ministry of Nature Protection which is in charge of implementing the Law on Environmental Impact Assessment and Ecological Expertise.

The SEA pilot was launched in December 2015 by establishing the team of the national experts and starting work on the initial baseline analysis. The training workshop on scoping and baseline analysis was organized in Yerevan in March 9 – 10, 2016, followed by the workshop on the impacts assessment and SEA report (Yerevan, June 23 – 24, 2016). The scoping report can be downloaded here - both in English and Armenian languages. It is also published on the website of the REC Caucasus and on LinkedIn.

The scoping public consultation meetings were organized in July - August 2016 altogether in five regions i.e. Kotayk Region, Lori Region, Shirak Region, Syunik Region, and Yerevan City (see the details in a brief summary or in a full report).

The work on the draft SEA Report were initiated in September 2016. Its first version was prepared in December 2016, while it is supposed to be finalized by February 2017. The public consultation on the draft SEA Report shall be organized at the end of February or March 2017.