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Training workshop (Part II) 'Practical application of the SEA in the alternative and renewable energy sector in Azerbaijan in line with Draft Law on EIA and Scoping consultations"

11 - 12 May 2015



The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan organized the following events that took place on 11 and 12 May 2015 in Baku:

(a) a training workshop on the practical application of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) - 11 May 2015 at the Central Park Hotel (Suleyman Rahimov, Baku, Azerbaijan); and

(b) public consultations on SEA scoping in Azerbaijan - 12 May 2015 at the Caspian Plaza (Conference Hall, Jafar Jabbarli str. 44 , Baku, Azerbaijan).

The second training workshop focused on existing methods used for assessing environmental impacts of strategic documents and builds on knowledge and skills developed by the participants during the SEA scoping and baseline analysis workshop (Baku, 3-4 March 2015). Up to 20 environmental assessment experts from energy, economy, environment and other sectorial authorities as well as and civil society representatives continued their training on SEA through this event. The participants had an opportunity to immediately apply the obtained knowledge for assessing the environmental impacts related to the implementation of the National Strategy on the use of alternative and renewable energy sources, and for developing proposals to mitigate and monitor the identified impacts. In addition, the participants will discuss approaches and techniques to prepare the SEA report and develop the SEA report outline for the Strategy.

The aim of SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment) was to ensure that the Strategy properly integrates environmental and health considerations and likely adverse impacts are avoided or minimised, while environmental and health benefits related to the Strategy are maximised.

The workshop was followed by the first public consultation meeting to inform national stakeholders about the SEA for the National Strategy on the use of alternative and renewable energy sources and its preliminary results. The purpose of the public consultations was to present and get the stakeholders’ feedback on the key environmental and health issues, which are relevant to the Strategy and which will be analysed in the following steps of the SEA process. The event gathered up to 30 participants from the professional energy community, environmental authorities, academia and civil society.

Both events and the implementation of the pilot project on application of Strategic Environmental Assessment for Renewable Energy Use Strategy were funded by the European Commission through the EU four year Programme ‘Greening Economies in the European Neighborhood’ (EaP GREEN).

Document title
Provisional agenda for the training workshopENG
Provisional agenda for the public consultationsENG
List of participantsENG

Training workshop on baseline analysis and impact evaluation - 11 May 2015

Introduction to the SEA baseline analysis

- Purpose and objectives of the baseline analysis and link to the scoping stage

- Methods and tools used for the baseline analysis

- Expected outcomes

- Case examples

Ms. Marina Khotuleva, UNECE international Consultant on SEA, and Mr. Martin Smutny, UNECE international Consultant on SEA


Training workshop on baseline analysis and impact evaluation - 12 May 2015

Impact assessment and mitigation measures in SEA

- Objectives and expected outcomes of these analytical steps

- Methods and tools used for the impact assessment

- Types of possible mitigation measures (including alternatives)

- Case examples of approaches to the impact assessment and the types of the mitigation measures

Ms. Marina Khotuleva, UNECE international Consultant on SEA, and Mr. Martin Smutny, UNECE international Consultant on SEA


Public consultations on SEA scoping - 12 May 2015

Presentation of the SEA scoping stage findings and conclusions

- Overview of the key issues and related problems identified by SEA scoping i.e. ambient air, climatic conditions and climate change, soil, water resources, landscape, biodiversity, waste management, human health, livelihood, and linkages to other economic sectors

- Participants’ feedback and comments

Ms. Aysel Babayeva, SEA Pilot Team Leader, and Mr. Fikrat Jafarov, SEA Pilot Project Coordinator