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Strategic Environmental Assessment as a tool for greening economy and the role of sectoral authorities

17 June 2015

Chisinau, Moldova

 

Experience and lessons learned from the SEA pilot project for the Master Plan of the Orhei Town in the Republic of Moldova

The meeting was organized by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova, together with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) within the framework of the European Union (EU) funded Programme "Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood" (EaP-GREEN).

The high-level segment of the meeting took place in the morning of 17 June 2015. Its aim is to discuss the role of the sectoral and local authorities in the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) system, as well as key challenges for establishing national SEA systems in the Republic of Moldova and other beneficiary countries of the EaP GREEN Programme in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

This event was attended by ministers and  high-level officials of the Republic of Moldova responsible for economic and industrial development, energy, environment, transport, agriculture, tourism, mining, forestry, and health, as well as by high-level representatives of the European Commission (EU) and UNECE. Representatives  of civil society and international financial institutions will also participate. The invitation to take part in the meeting has also been extended to the national focal points for the EaP GREEN Programme representing the Ministries of Economy and the Ministries of Environment  of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The second segment of the meeting, which took place in the afternoon, targeted mainly urban planners, local authorities and EaP GREEN national focal points of the Republic of Moldova and other participating EAP-Green countries. Participants increased their knowledge of SEA as a tool for improving sectoral planning and promoting sustainable development and discussed the role of different sectoral ministries and authorities in the SEA process. The Republic of Moldova shared its experience in drafting and promotion of the SEA legislation and implementation of the first ever pilot SEA for the Master Plan of the Orhei Town. Participants also learn about the experience and lessons learned from the practical application of the UNECE Protocol on SEA and the EU SEA Directive in various economic sectors gained by EU member countries.

For more pictures from this event, please access the following link.

Document title
Final agendaENGROMRUS
Final SEA ReportENG
Brief summary report of implementation of the pilot SEA of the Orhei Town Master PlanENG
List of participants for high-level segmentENG
List of participants for second segmentENG
Presentations
Role of the sectoral authorities in the strategic environmental assessment - High-level meeting 

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

Ms. Tea Aulavuo, Secretary to the Espoo Convention and its Protocol on SEA, UNECE

ENGROMRUS

SEA as a tool for greening the economy: main principles of efficient practice and potential benefits

Mr. Michal Musil, UNECE International Consultant on SEA

ENGROM

Experience on the implementation and practical application of the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment and the SEA Directive in the European Union

Mr. George Kremlis, Head of Unit, DGENV, "Legal implementation, Cohesion policy, European Semester and SEA/EIA", European Commission 

ENGROM

Recent steps towards ratification of the Protocol  on SEA, including development of the SEA legislation and experience end lessons learned from the first SEA pilot project (jointly implemented by the Government of the Republic of Moldova and UNECE with the financial support of the European Commission)

Mr. Palihovici Sergiu, Minister of Environment

ROM

ROM

Experience and lessons learned of the first SEA pilot project in the Republic of Moldova - Event for urban planners, local authorities and EaP GREEN national focal points 

UNECE Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment SEA and capacity building programme in the framework of EaP GREEN

Ms. Elena Santer, UNECE Secretariat Espoo Convention and its Protocol on SEA 

ENGROM

Steps towards establishing SEA system in the Republic of Moldova
Existing results of the EaP GREEN Programme in the Republic of Moldova and future activities

Ms. Inga Podoroghin, Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova

ROM

Introduction to the SEA process and pilot project background

Mr. Michal Musil, UNECE International Consultant on SEA

ENGROM

Introduction to the Master Plan of the city of Orhei
Context, Objectives, Content, Process

Mr. Alexandru Taranu, Chief Architect of the Town of Orhei

ENGROMRUS

Approach to the SEA for the Orhei Master Plan
Objectives, principles, methods

Mr. Michal Musil, UNECE International Consultant on SEA

ENGROM

SEA Results  
Key environmental problems of the territory; key identified potential environmental impacts of the Master plan proposal; proposed mitigation measures and plan adjustments, and recommendations

Mr. Andrei Isac, National SEA Consultant and SEA team

ENGRUS

Lessons learned
Summary of the project, key problems and challenges, lessons for the future practice, lessons for the legislation development (including key SEA steps, experts involvement, consultations, public participation, costs)

Ms. Rodica Iordanov SEA team leader
Mr. Andrei Isac, National SEA Consultant

ENGROM