29 November 2018

Review ESIA 5 bridges Conakry: attention for increased traffic flows

conakryAs part of the DRIVE facility, the NCEA reviewed the ESIA for the construction of five bridges in Conakry, Guinea. The main objective of this project is to increase access of densely populated neighbourhoods which are separated by rivers. Although the ESIA report is informative and contains a lot of data, the NCEA does recommend various improvements before a decision on the project can be taken. For example, more (relevant) information on: 

  • management and assessment of increased traffic flows;
  • mitigation measures for biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  • the socio-economic impacts, including displacement. 

20 November 2018

SEA review workshop in Rwanda

rwanda nov 2018 sediment12-16 November, Rubavu - Rwanda is in the process of regulating SEA. The environment agency REMA has asked the NCEA to help develop its capacity to administer it. In a first joint activity, the NCEA facilitated a review workshop focusing the Sebeya catchment plan, in which SEA elements are embedded. Jointly, the plan developers and the plan reviewers defined a review framework, looking at which SEA elements are crucial for decision making on the plan. This cooperative approach was much appreciated by both parties. The actual review - carried out by REMA with assistance of the NCEA -  is expected shortly.

20 November 2018

Stakeholder meeting ESIA offshore gas in Senegal

senegal stakeholder meeting nov 201812-16 nov 2018 - The NCEA attended the public hearing for an offshore gas extraction project near the coast of St. Louis, Senegal. For the old capital of Senegal the project offers opportunities but will also impact the daily life of the fishermen. It was encouraging to see the great interest of the citizens in the effects of the project, as testified by the large number of interventions on various topics. The NCEA will soon publish its advice to the ministry of Environment on the project.

20 November 2018

Seminar ESIA for infrastucture, Central Africa

seeac nov 2018Congo-Brazzaville, 13-16 Nov. 2018 - Participants from Congo, Cameroon, DRC and CAR discussed enthusiastically possibilities, cases and lessons learnt on ESIAs for sustainable infrastructure development. It was the topic of SEEAC'S  10th international seminar, in its role as a regional knowledge centre on environmental assessment. Preceding the conference, SEEAC had organised a workshop on monitoring and evaluation of ESIA's. The NCEA presented cases both at the workshop and seminar. 

16 November 2018

The importance of reviewing ESIA/SEA reports. A 3-day workshop in Mozambique

workshop mozambiqueBilene, 5-7 November, 2018 - WWF Mozambique incidentally receives ESIA/SEA reports for reviewing. To be able to carry out these reviews, WWF requested the NCEA for a 3-day workshop for its staff and CSO partners to:

  1. raise awareness on the importance of ESIA/SEA review;
  2. exchange experiences on ESIA/SEA review in Mozambique and elsewhere;
  3. jointly apply review guidelines and draw lessons for future reviews.

The workshop took place in the framework of the SRJS programme. In addition to WWF staff and CSO partners, also MITADER staff (ministry of environment) participated in the workshop. 

01 November 2018

Expert meeting sustainable infrastructure

china insfra symp staatsieportretFuzhou, China, 22-23 October 2018 - How can an integrated approach on infrastructure contribute to the SDG's? This was one of the central questions at the international expert meeting on sustainable infrastructure in Fuzhou. The NCEA gave a presentation on the added value of SEA as a legal decision-support tool. It contributes to strategic and integrated infrastructure planning in doing the ‘right’ projects instead of doing projects right.