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Seminar on the application of strategic environmental assessment in Armenia

23 - 24 March 2015

Yerevan

The two-day seminar was organized by the Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and an NGO Ecoglobe within the framework of the EU funded Programme “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN). The aim of the seminar is to assist the Republic of Armenia with implementation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in compliance with the provisions of the SEA Protocol to the Espoo Convention and relevant EU Directives.

The objectives of the seminar were:                                                                      

-          to raise awareness about the recent development of the national legislation related to the environmental assessment in Armenia

-          to clarify roles of various stakeholders in the SEA process

-          to facilitate debate about practical steps and arrangements for application of SEA

-          to facilitate debate about the scope of application of SEA (possible approaches to SEA screening)

-          to identify needs for further development of SEA-relevant legislation

-          to identify opportunities for conducting a pilot SEA in Armenia

In order to allow for addressing the above objectives, particular attention is paid to the establishment of common understanding not only on the very concept of SEA, but also on the system of strategic planning in Armenia. Therefore, sections presenting the national system of strategic planning and examples from individual sectorial ministries planning processes are important part of the seminar agenda. Thus, the seminar shall facilitate an informed debate among the national experts representing potential stakeholders in SEA processes.

The event gathered up to 30 participants from sectorial ministries, in particular those responsible for economics, industry, agriculture and health, as well as representatives of donor agencies/International Financial Institutions, civil society, practitioners, planners, and environmental authorities.

Document title
Provisional agenda ENGARM
ReportENG
List of participantsENG
Presentations

Introduction to the UNECE Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment and technical assistance within EU funded EaP GREEN Programme

Ms. Elena Santer, UNECE secretariat to the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment

ENG

Introduction into Strategic Environmental Assessment and the EU SEA Directive

Ms. Maia Gachechiladze-Bozhesku and Mr. Michal Musil, UNECE experts

ENGARM

Benefits of SEA (illustrative examples of successful SEA cases in EU and worldwide for different economic sectors)

Ms. Maia Gachechiladze-Bozhesku and Mr. Michal Musil, UNECE experts

ENGARM

Lessons from the SEA of the Yerevan Master Plan

Ms. Azganush Drnoyan, Senior Expert of SER department, Ministry of Environment

ENGARM

Application of SEA in the context of the Law of the Republic of Armenia "On the environmental impact assessment and expertise"

- outline of the key provisions of the Law with the focus on practical issues

Ms. Azganush Drnoyan, Senior Expert of SER department, Ministry of Environment

ENGARM

Presentation by the United Nations Development Programme, tentatively proposed to cover:

- information regarding the plans for the preparation of the Integrated Forestry Project, city plans, green economy strategy, etc.

- experience and lessons learned from dealing with comprehensive environmental assessment

- possibilities of accommodating SEA in the planning process supervised by UNDP

Georgi Arzumanyan, UNDP EG Programme Policy Adviser, UNDP Armenia

ENG

Presentations by International Financial Institutions, tentatively proposed to cover:

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

- experience with the recent development of the national waste management strategy of Armenia (overview of planning process, time frame, consultations, etc.)

- possibilities of accommodating SEA in the planning process supervised by ADB

Areg Barseghyan, Senior Portfolio Management Officer, ABD Armenia Resident Mission

ENG