About us

The Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is an independent expert body that provides advisory services and capacity development on environmental assessment.

In international cooperation, the NCEA operates under an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1993, with a special focus on regions eligible for Dutch International Cooperation. In addition, the NCEA also works in several other countries, under agreement with donors such as the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Dutch Embassies, the World Bank, European Union, etc. In international cooperation, the work of NCEA consists of the following activities:

  • advice on Terms of Reference for and reviews of environmental assessments of plans, programmes and projects (EIA/SEA);
  • capacity development of systems and institutions to improve the environmental assessment practice;
  • knowledge and learning resources on environmental assessment;


In the Netherlands the Commission has a legal status to act as an independent advisor since 1987, issuing non-binding advice to government agencies responsible for environmental assessments.

Our mission

Core of our international work is to assist environment and sector ministries, environmental assessment professionals and non-governmental organisations to achieve better environmental assessment practice. In this way, the NCEA aims to contribute to sustainable development. This should result in a better environment, better governance and less poverty in the countries with which we cooperate.


The NCEA works demand driven. The NCEA consists of a secretariat of 13 staff members involved in international cooperation (out of 40 staff members in total). For advisory services, tailor-made working groups of experts are installed. For capacity development projects, external experts are called upon when necessary. In order to have quick access to experts, the secretariat manages a database containing several hundred experts.

Our core principles

We are independent and transparent. This means that we are not accountable in content to a governmental body or other funders and that our advisory reports are published on our website and thus freely accessible.