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Strategic environmental assessment and its benefits: Seminar for sectoral planning and management authorities

10 June 2015



The aim of the seminar was to raise awareness among the sectoral planning and management authorities about the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) procedure, which is a tool for improving sectoral planning, as well as about their role in this process.

The participants of the seminar were familiarized with the European cases of SEA application in different economic sectors and the benefits of SEA. They discussed the roles of various stakeholders in the SEA process and the necessary measures for implementing SEA in Ukraine once the new draft Law “On strategic environmental assessment” has been adopted. The new law will require that SEA be conducted in compliance with the provisions of the Protocol on SEA to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and the EU SEA Directive (2001/42/EC).

During the seminar, particular attention was paid both to the concept of SEA and to the system of strategic planning in Ukraine. Therefore, sections devoted to the national system of strategic planning and examples from planning processes applied by sectoral ministries are important part of the seminar agenda.

The event gathered the representatives of sectoral ministries and authorities, in particular those responsible for economics, industry, energy, transport, agriculture, tourism, mining, forestry, and health, as well as the representatives and specialists from civil society organizations, donor agencies/international financial institutions, and environmental authorities.

The seminar was organized by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, 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 meeting took place at Hotel Rus, 4, Hospitalna Str., Kyiv 01601, Ukraine.

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UNECE Protocol on SEA
Technical assistance within the EU funded EaP GREEN Programme

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


SEA – main principles of efficient practice and potential benefits, role of sectoral authorities, and potential benefits of SEA

Mr. Martin Smutny and Ms. Maia Gachechiladze-Bozhesku, International Consultants on SEA


Key requirements of the draft legislation of Ukraine “On Strategic Environment Assessment” (with a focus on practical SEA aspects/steps)

Mr. Sergej Vyhrist, EU project “Complementary support to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine for the Sector budget support implementation”


Examples of SEA application in EU countries

Estonia: SEA of the energy development program in Estonia until 2020

Ms. Lyubov Gornaya, international expert in environment reporting and environmental economics

Czech Republic: SEA in territorial development planning

Mr. Martin Smutny, International Consultant on SEA



Typical steps of the SEA process and the role of environmental authorities in SEA systems in EU

Mr. Martin Smutny and Ms. Maia Gachechiladze-Bozhesku, International Consultants on SEA


Strategic Planning System in Ukraine and ways to integrate SEA into it

Ms. Natalya Trofimenko, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine


Experience in SEA implementation in Ukraine

Mr. Gennadii Marushevskyi, the EBED Project Environmental Advisor
Ms Oksana Aliyeva, Environment Consultant, Ukraine Municipal Local Economic Development