Nepal Develops Tools to Streamline Environment Review of Hydropower Projects with Support from Malaysia

Through a twinning partnership with the Malaysia Department of Environment, the Nepal Ministry of Environment (MOE) expanded efforts to developed new tools to improve and streamline the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process by developing a training program and registration scheme for EIA consultants. At a consultation workshop on May 24, 2011 in Kathmandu, stakeholders from various sectors provided feedback on the consultant registration scheme and training program aimed at improving the quality of EIA reports and ensuring a more efficient review process. Nepal MOE will conduct a pilot training for selected EIA professionals as part of the training program in June 2011.