Moldovan authorities commit to develop Strategic Environmental Assessment as a tool for greening economy
17 June 2015

A high level meeting on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as a tool for greening economy SEA will take place in Chisinau on 17 June 2015. The event was organized by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova, in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), as part of the European Union (EU) funded Programme “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN).

The aim of the meeting was to discuss the role of the sectoral and local authorities in the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) system, as well as the key challenges for establishing national SEA systems in the Republic of Moldova and other beneficiary countries of the EaP GREEN Programme in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

The event gathered representatives of national authorities, development partners, civil society and international financial institutions.

High level representatives of national authorities and international organizations attended the event:

  • Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UNECE
  • Pirkka Tapiola, Ambassador, Head of EU Delegation in Moldova
  • George Kremlis, Head of Unit, European Commission
  • Sergiu Palihovici, Minister of Environment

At the same time, representatives of international financial institutions and civil society attended the meeting. More, there were participants from the Ministries of Economy and the Ministries of Environment of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The high level event represents a first platform for Republic of Moldova to share its experience in designing and promoting the SEA legislation. Also, the results of the implementation of the first local pilot project - the SEA for the Urban Plan of the town Orhei - were presented.

This event marks the launch of the next stage of developing the SEA system in the Republic of Moldova, which will last till 2016. This phase will contribute to the adoption of the draft SEA law and to the development of the guiding documents for sectoral and environmental authorities. Moreover, a second pilot project will be implemented at national level.

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