The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the National Development Planning Commission developed a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) manual that aims to ensure that the principles and methodologies of SEA are applied in the formulation, analysis and refinement of policies, plans and programmes at both sectoral and district levels. The manual provide broad guidelines on issues to assess and outputs to produce, but the legal status of these SEAs and their application to decision-making is unclear.
Copies of the district level SEAs for 2010-2013 were uploaded to the EPA website in 2012, together with copies of SEAs for the energy and transport policies. To date the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) has not published a SEA on land use priorities and demands. In practice, there is no transparency in the process for decision making on competing priorities for development, for instance permits are sometimes given for mining prospecting in forest reserves against the better judgment of the Forestry Commission (and contrary to the National Land Policy), even though the MLNR is the parent ministry that oversees both these sectors.
|Title||a. SEA Manual
b. List of published District SEAs
|Organisation||Ministry of Lands and Forestry (Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources)
b. Environmental Protection Agency
|Date||a. No specific date of publication but produced mid-2000s