AECEN and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) conducted a Regional Workshop on “Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in Asia: Good Practices and Capacity Needs” on 9-10 June 2010 at the ADB Headquarters in Manila. The workshop brought together senior environment agency officials and technical experts from 20 countries across the Asia-Pacific region, along with representatives from multilateral development banks (MDB), bilateral agencies and international experts in EIA. ADB and USAID also provided funding support for the workshop.
The main objectives of the workshop were to: (i) take stock of advances and status of EIA practices in countries in Asia; (ii) provide an update on recent advances in EIA applications and initiatives for strengthening of country safeguards systems by the MDBs; and (iii) identify key challenges for capacity development to achieve improved application and compliance of EIA in the region. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also provided a technical session on the implementation of EIAs for workshop participants.
During plenary sessions and break-out groups, EIA practitioners exchanged ideas and identified capacity innovations and best practices in EIA that have emerged in the region. Participants also shared experience on new approaches and systems that are being developed to ensure compliance with EIA legislation, especially with regards to the implementation of environmental management plans following EIA approval.
Based on the outcome of the workshop, AECEN, with support from USAID, launched a new multi-year initiative to strengthen capabilities in implementing EIA across Asia and the Pacific. The initiative will support AECEN member agencies to establish “twinning” partnerships and other capacity building activities to replicate best practices and ensure effective EIA implementation in the region.
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