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Strengthening the administrative capacities of the authorities in charge of the environmental assessment

Strengthening the administrative capacities of the authorities in charge of the environmental assessments in order to clarify responsibilities and roles of competent authorities for the SEA and EIA procedures; to improve inter-institutional cooperation and involve all the relevant actors in the legislative reviews, technical assistance, training on and pilot implementation of SEA/EIA.

Context

A clear definition of both the competent authorities in decision-making and the responsibilities for arranging public participation are needed for efficient EIA and SEA. In particular, in the case of SEA commitment and clear division of roles among other relevant authorities (planning, health, etc.) is required to achieve its targets of impacting strategic decision-making. For sectorial plans and programmes, joint capacity-development activities can help to strengthen coordination between government departments. This activity will provide for involvement of various authorities and include clarification of responsibilities for SEA and EIA procedures.

Objectives

  • To define and clarify responsibilities and roles of competent authorities for SEA and EIA procedures.
  • To improve inter-institutional cooperation and involve all the relevant actors in the legislative reviews, technical assistance, training on and pilot implementation of SEA/EIA.

Outcomes

Enhanced capacities of the administrative authorities in change of the environmental assessment for conducting SEA and EIA.

Progress

Regional-level activities

National-level activities

Results achieved

Financial support provided to 10 representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to take part at the Meetings of the Parties of the Espoo Convention and the Protocol on SEA (2-5 June, Geneva).

Subregional conference, presenting results on pilot project on post-project analysis with Belarus and Ukraine and capacity building on SEA organized (15-16 April 2014, Minsk).

Preparation of the study tour in the Czech Republic ‘Application of Strategic Environmental Assessment at the national level in the field of urban planning, waste management, agriculture and energy sector’ ongoing (1-5 December, 2014).

A review of roles and responsibilities of various  stakeholders in the SEA process conducted in conjunction with the activity: Revision of the existing national regulatory and legislative framework (Georgia/ EIA, 9 September – 15 October 2013; Armenia/SEA, 16 June – October 2014; Azerbaijan/EIA, 05 June – 31 September 2014) and mapping exercise in Georgia/SEA (1 July – 31 September 2014);

Relevant stakeholders were identified and took part in the national and regional training workshops initiated in connection with the activity: Capacity building on SEA/EIA procedures, following good practices including those in use in the EU (See the right side of the table).

Numerous recommendations on institutional improvements prepared and discussed at the round table events dedicated to the results of the legislative and institutional reviews on SEA in Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova. Sections on roles and responsibilities of national authorities in SEA incorporated at the agenda of the national training events on SEA in Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine and three local training events in Belarus supported institutional building. As a result of a pilot project on PPA of environmental impact in transboundary context in Belarus and Ukraine recommendation for roles of the national authorities in the PPA developed.

ANNUAL PLAN 2014-2015

Regional-level activities

National-level activities

Expected results

See planned activities under the existing national regulatory and legislative framework and capacity building.

See planned activities under the existing national regulatory and legislative framework and capacity building.

Regional level: Relevant authorities were represented at the round-tables, training events and regional conferences.

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Moldova:

·        Numerous recommendations on institutional improvements prepared and discussed at round table events dedicated to draft law on EIA (where relevant) and SEA.

·        Sections on roles and responsibilities of national authorities in SEA are incorporated at the agenda of the planned national and local training events on SEA.

Moldova: Sections on roles and responsibilities of national authorities in EIA are incorporated to the national Guidelines on application of EIA.