On 12–13 September 2018 our regional office in Georgia in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Georgia, and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia organized two workshops on a good practice of SEA and EIA – experience from the Czech Republic and application of these tools in Georgia. The workshops aimed to support implementation of the new national legislative framework on SEA and EIA by sharing lessons learned of the Czech Republic and by providing a platform for discussion on how to implement SEA and EIA procedures in Georgian context. The EIA workshop gathered 25 representatives of the business operators (e.g. JSC ENERGO-PRO Georgia, United Water Supply Company of Georgia, Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation, Georgian Railway LLC and LTD Georgian Amelioration), while 20 representatives of planning agencies attended the SEA workshop (mainly sectoral ministries e.g. Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development and Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Tbilisi City Hall). Agenda of the events can be downloaded here, presentations on SEA can be found here, and presentations on EIA here.
We participated on preparation of the UNECE brochure on 'SEA facts and benefits'. Link to brochure here
We are currently conducting SEA of “Strategic Development Plan for Transportation of Slovak Republic (up to 2030) – Phase II”. The Strategic Development Plan is a long-term strategic document that aims to set the priorities and directions for efficient development of the transport sector in Slovakia and to determine the implementation of its development vision. The SEA have resulted in identification of likely significant environmental and health effects related to the Strategic Development Plan, as well as it shall formulate recommendations to prevent, eliminate, minimize and compensate the adverse impacts.
Integra Consulting is the consortium partner to DHI in the project “Technical Assistance for Strategic Environmental Assessment Taskforces in Berau District, Bontang City and Gorontalo District, Indonesia” financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. DHI and Integra provide technical assistance to the local SEA Taskforces to implement SEA in line with international good quality standards that can serve as model for replication by other plan-owners when elaborating SEA for the local level plans and programmes.
The tasks to be executed within the project include methodological guidance to the SEA taskforces, providing expert inputs to the scoping stage, conducting selected analyses to evaluate the likely effects, providing assistance in formulation of mitigation measures, carrying our the quality control of the draft SEA reports, and capacity building and on-job training on SEA.
Since 2014 our experts have been involved in the Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood (EaP GREEN) programme. The EaP GREEN programme is a large regional programme implemented in 2013-2016 by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), OECD, UNEP, and UNIDO to assist the six European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, in their transition to green economy.
The programme assists this countries to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation and resource depletion, promote the use of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and environmental impact assessment (EIA) as essential planning tools for an environmentally sustainable economic development. More information about the EaP GREEN can be found at www.unece.org/es/env/eia/about/eap_green.html.
A short video about ‘…everything you wanted to know about SEA but were afraid to ask’:
Link to video here
Within the project ‘Information exchange support on the climate change consequences and adaptation measures at the national and regional levels’ we have proposed the concept of a ‘National Climate Change Adaptation Award’ to support the development and application of appropriate climate change adaptation measures in the Czech Republic. We will organize the first round of this award scheme in 2016 – for more information see www.regio-adapt.cz.
The Air Quality Improvement Strategy (up to 2020) of the Czech Republic: In cooperation with the Regional EIA Centre and external experts, we are currently finalizing the SEA for a total of twelve strategic documents, including the National Emission Reduction Programme, the National Medium-Term Strategy (up to 2020) for Air Quality Improvement, and the Air Quality Improvement Programmes designed specifically for particular regions.
Our activities in Slovakia focus on climate change and environmental impact assessment. In cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic we have completed a methodology for the assessment of climate risks. We have also drafted a proposal for modifying the national EIA system. SEA procedures for the Transport Urban Plan of Bratislava Municipality and the Transport Strategy of Košice City are in final stages.