National and local development strategies and plans to be assessed from environmental perspective
Ministries, local authorities, members of Parliament as well as civil society organizations and the private sector gathered during a round-table to discuss Moldova’s draft Law on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).
SEA - means the evaluation of the likely environmental, including health, an effect, which comprises the determination of the scope of an environmental report and its preparation, the carrying-out of public participation and consultations, and the taking into account of the environmental report and the results of the public participation and consultations in a plan or programme.
Draft Law on SEA was developed by the Ministry of Environment with the support of the secretariat of the UNECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and its Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (Protocol on SEA), the law aims to:
• Ensuring that environmental, including health, considerations are thoroughly taken into account in the development of plans and programmes;
• Contributing to the consideration of environmental, including health, concerns in the preparation of policies and legislation;
• Establishing clear, transparent and effective procedures for strategic environmental assessment;
• Providing for public participation in strategic environmental assessment
“The adoption of the law will foster the accession of the Republic of Moldova to the Protocol and facilitate further harmonisation of the national legislative framework with the requirements of the appropriate Directives of the European Union”, said Valentina Tapis, Minister of Environment in Moldova.
The participants to the round table organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UNDP learned about the practical aspects of the application of SEA to urban plans and programmes and the role of SEA in environmental assessment systems.
As the draft law will be piloted for the Orhei Town Master Plan, practitioners, environmental experts, representatives of the Orhei municipality and urban planners will be trained on the practical application of SEA and the roles of the various stakeholders in the process.
The round table and the workshop are organized within the programme Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood (EaP GREEN), which is implemented during2013-2016 by UNECE, OECD, UNEP, and UNIDO to assist the six European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine - in their transition to a green economy. The programme is financed by the European Commission, the four implementing organisations and other donors.
More about the programme at http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=36040
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