285 Strategic Environmental Assessment

Duration
Part 1: March 9-27, 2015
Part 2: September 14-25, 2015
Location
Part 1: Gothenburg and Stockholm, Sweden
Part 2: Tanzania
Number of participants
25
Target Region
Africa
Closing date for applications
October 15, 2014

Invitation

REVISED CONDITIONS: INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FULLY COVERED BY THE PROGRAMME, NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE OCTOBER 15

The conditions for this training programme have been changed since the original information was published: international travel is now fully covered by the programme for all participants. To allow time for further applications under these new conditions, the application period has been extended to October 15. The programme brochure and application form found below have been updated to include the new information.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) may serve as a tool for analysis of environmental impacts and the integration of environmental considerations in strategic planning and decision making. The programme aims at contributing to sustainable development, by supporting capacity building in Strategic Environmental Assessment and integrating environment in strategic planning, decision making and implementation initiated or promoted by the participants.

It offers support for your organisation to strengthen, adapt and maintain capacity to implement SEA. Participants will take part of the latest developments in SEA, supported by Swedish experts and resource persons. They will also develop a network of colleagues from Sweden and other countries, and get enhanced knowledge about new working methods.

The training programme methodology is based on the assumption that your organisation wishes to carry out changes and is willing to invest its own resources to achieve these changes.

The programme is organised by Niras Natura AB in collaboration with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.

Objectives

The objective of the programme is to strengthen SEA capacity in the participants' organisations. The programme will support each participant in initiating and developing an “SEA project” which will strengthen the use of SEA in planning processes that she/he is involved in.

In the long term, the programme goal is to increase the integration of environmental and sustainability considerations into planning and decision-making processes in the participants’ countries. The sustainability perspective on SEA addresses the interlinking of social, ecological and economic aspects, including aspects of poverty alleviation and the rights of the poor.

BENEFITS:

  • Increased knowledge of different approaches to environmental assessments of policies, plans and programmes (SEA)
  • Increased knowledge of methods and tools for integrating SEA with strategic planning and decision making
  • Increased knowledge of international experiences of development regulations, guidance and procedures for implementing SEA in practice
  • Increased understanding of the importance of transparency, access to information and public participation in planning
  • Improved skills as a “change agent” in initiating and implementing organisational change
  • Strengthened international, regional and national networks in the field of SEA

Target Group

Participants may be nominated by organisations and agencies that work actively with plans, policies and programmes at national or regional levels, and in different sectors for which SEA is required or may be applied. These may be government agencies, ministries, non-governmental organisations or private enterprises involved in fields such as economic development, water, land use, agriculture, environment, industry, natural resource management, or urban development.

The programme will seek diversity in the sectors represented. Priority will be given to organisations responsible for conducting, commissioning and/or reviewing SEA. Participants will be selected from organisations with demonstrated intent and possibilities to support the design and implementation of an SEAP within the organisation.

This training programme has a regional focus. The following countries are invited to nominate candidates:
Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Contents

The training programme content is organised in four integrated thematic modules:

1. Module 1: Introduction to SEA: the concept of and rationale for SEA,
and methods and tools for conducting SEA

2. Module 2: International and Swedish regulatory systems and experiences of implementation: the role of regulatory frameworks for SEA implementation and effective environmental integration

3. Module 3: Good governance and implementation of SEA in practice: the institutional, political, social and economic aspects of enabling the integration of environmental considerations in strategic planning

4. Module 4: Organisational change: organisational change theory and tools and skills for initiating, leading and managing an SEA project within an organisation

Contact

Organisation

Niras AB

Name

Niras Natura AB

Address

ITP Secretariat
PO Box 70375
SE-107 24 Stockholm
Sweden

Telephone

+46 8 5455 3300

E-mail

itp@niras.se

Fax no.

+46 8 5455 3333

Web

www.niras.com/dc