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Training on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

28-30 November 2018, Dehradun

Together with Wildlife Institute India (WII), LUPM project conducted a 3-day training workshop on strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

The demands on natural resources from development in diverse and economically important sectors are escalating and remaining natural areas in India are under increasing pressure. So far, environmental concerns are only partially included in the Indian planning processes at all levels. Seeing the inclusion of environmental concerns in the regional planning processes as crucial, SEA is seen as an approach to do so.

The overarching purpose of the strategic environmental assessment is to assess the risks and opportunities of planning associated with major strategic decisions so that planners are better informed of the trade-offs involved between sectors, areas and communities, and consider the interests and perceptions of stakeholders. Participants from various State Governments, NGO’s and research institutions in India engaged in the training. The workshop aimed to provide the participants an understanding about the concept of environmental assessment as a planning tool.

The training was conducted by Dr. Asha Rajvanshi, Senior Professional Fellow from Wildlife Institute India who elaborated a manual for SEA trainings in cooperation with GIZ earlier. Focus of the training was to provide an overview on the main conceptual and methodological framework and approaches of SEA, to illustrate the benefits and potential role of SEA in the development of zonal master plans and land use plans through real examples, to provide systematic guidance for application of SEA framework to plans and increase practical knowledge on conducting SEA through case work.
Apart from the general knowledge gaining on SEA, the aim was to run through the usual steps of a SEA analysing the fictional region called Sunderland, to identify opportunities, constraints and risks associated with each development plan and its proposed actions.

A field visit to Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, was provided for the participants following the training. During the field visit, the participants were shown the different environmental impacts of urban growths and economic development in the Doon Valley.

 

A guidance tool for mainstreaming biodiversity and sustainability in development planning
A guidance tool for mainstreaming biodiversity and sustainability in development planning