The training workshop on the practical application of the Draft law on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to urban plans and programmes in the Republic of Moldova is organised by the Ministry of Environment and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) back to back with the round-table to discuss the draft law with national stakeholders. The logistical support for the event is provided by the United Nations Development Programme in the Republic of Moldova.
The workshop will support implementation of the pilot project on application of SEA to the Orhei town Master Plan development process. It is targeted for practitioners who will help develop the SEA system in the Republic of Moldova, environmental experts, urban planners and representatives of the Orhei municipality. Interested and qualified participants will be invited to become experts on the national team to carry out the pilot SEA for the Master Plan.
The participants of the workshop will get familiar with key SEA procedural steps and SEA benefits. Particular attention will be paid to scoping or identification of the content of the SEA report, baseline analysis and requirements for carrying out consultations with environment and health authorities and public.
List of participants
Pilot project description
Orhei town master plan
Resource Manual to Support Application of the SEA Protocol
General guidance on enhancing consistency between the Convention and environmental impact assessment within State ecological expertise in countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
EaP GREEN activities to support implementation of the UNECE Protocol on SEA to the Espoo Convention in the Republic of Molodva
SEA benefits and key procedural steps
Overview of strategic planning in Orhei town
SEA process of the Orhei town Master Plan
What is scoping and why do we do it?
Public Health in SEA: Possibilities for the application in the context of SEA for the Orhei town Master Plan
Introduction to the scoping exercise
Application of SEA: Baseline Analysis: relation to scoping, key challenges, practical examples
Public consultations as a SEA tool
About the pilot project
The overall aim of the pilot project is to build capacities of the Republic of Moldova in application of SEA procedures at a national and local level, and to raise awareness of SEA benefits among various national stakeholders. The Orhei town Master Plan was selected as a pilot urban plan in order to:
- test and demonstrate opportunities of practical application of the draft law on SEA in the Republic of Molodva
- develop recommendations for further improvement of national legislative and institutional frameworks on SEA in a country.
Recommendations for environmental optimisation and modifications of the Orhei town Master Plan will also be developed to demonstrate SEA benefits in the planning process.
A pilot project will be conducted by a team of national experts with support from qualified international consultants and the UNECE secretariat. The project will be carried out in close cooperation with the Ministry of Regional Development and Construction (MRDC) of Moldova and the Orhei municipality.
The tentative timeframe of a pilot project extends from 30 June to 30 December 2014.
Pilot project description and plan is accessible here.
The project is funded by the European Commission through the four year Programme ‘Greening Economies in the European Neighborhood’ (EaP GREEN).