The GMS Core Environment Program hosted a session on strategic environmental assessment (SEA) at the 36th Annual Conference of International Association of Impact Assessment.
The session included a panel discussion and presentations on the following three topics:
Strategic environmental assessment and AECEN
Use of SEA as an upstream environmental planning tool in the Mekong region as a useful compliance strategy for the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network.
Best practice SEA in the GMS
Strengthening of the SEA system in the GMS will require an enabling legal environment, overcoming negative perceptions, effective communication strategies, technical capacity development, and monitoring and evaluation systems.
SEA of power development plan in Viet Nam
Application of SEA resulted in a better national power development plan in Viet Nam. It incorporated measures for better energy security, lower investment costs, and improved environmental and social safeguards. GMS experience was also presented during an ADB-hosted session called 'New Approaches for Planning and Designing Ecosystem and Climate-friendly Smart Green Infrastructure.' The presentations can be downloaded below.