The tour is organized by the secretariat to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and its Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (Protocol on SEA) with the financial support of the European Union funded programme “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN) and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
The aims of the study tour are:
(a) to support and empower the national experts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine in implementation of SEA related activities in their own countries, including the pilot projects;
(b) to provide participants with best practice examples on the application of SEA in the strategic planning process in one of the Parties of the Protocol;
(c) to offer a forum for the exchange of experience on SEA among experts in the region; and
(d) to allow regional experts to establish working contacts as a basis for future cooperation.
The study tour participants will learn about the Czech SEA system, including legislation, institutional structure and procedures, as well as the results of and lessons learned in the application of SEA to selected plans and programmes. They will meet with representatives of various authorities, consultants and non-governmental organizations that deal with SEA on a daily basis. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss existing challenges and success factors to facilitate a transition to a modern planning system that includes SEA.