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Second training session on Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) for the draft Water Resources Management Strategy in the Republic of Belarus

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Second training session on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the draft Water Resources Management Strategy in Belarus ©UNECE

 

On 26 March 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 Belarusian experts with the aim of developing national capacities in practical application of Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA). This second training session on the next stages of the SEA process covered the topics of evaluating potential environmental and health effects, implementing alternative planning options, developing mitigation and monitoring measures, and preparing environmental SEA reports. A total of seven national experts involved in SEAs took part in the session, joined by international experts in a videoconference.

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Second training session on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the draft Water Resources Management Strategy in Belarus ©UNECE

 

Developing Strategic Environmental Assessment in Belarus

The European Union is continuing to support Belarus in the application of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the draft national Strategy of Water Resources Management in the context of Climate Change for the period until 2030 within the EUWI+ programme.

Following the recent presentation of the draft SEA scoping report to governmental entities and the general public for open consultation, preparations for the next stage of the SEA process are ongoing.

With the aim of developing national capacities in practical application of SEA, a training session was organised on 26 March 2020.

 

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.