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                              Training session on Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) for the pilot Alazani-Iori River basin ©UNECE

 

Training session on Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) for the pilot Alazani-Iori River basin

On 6 April 2020, UNECE, in the framework of the European Union Water Initiative Plus programme for the Eastern Partnership Countries (EUWI+), organised a course by videoconference for Georgian experts with the aim of developing national capacities in practical application of Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA). This training session on the SEA process covered the following topics: detailed evaluation of likely environmental and health impacts, formulation of mitigation measures, and preparation of environmental SEA report. A total of 9 national experts involved in SEAs took part in the session, joined by international experts in a videoconference.

The European Union is continuing to support Georgia in the application of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the pilot Alazani-Iori River Basin Management Plan within the EUWI+ programme.

 

Strategic Environmental Assessment as a key tool for sustainable development

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is an essential planning tool for environmentally sustainable economic development.

SEA is a procedure to take into consideration environmental and health issues in governments’ development strategies elaborated at national level. It allows planners and decision-makers to ensure that economic and development choices will benefit human health and the environment.  Consultations are crucial in SEA and applied throughout the process to produce results that are as transparent and comprehensive as possible. Environmental and health authorities, as well as the public, need to be consulted when determining the scope of SEAs. Experts then develop mitigation measures and alternative planning options that can reduce any negative impacts and enhance the positive effects.