In order to prepare for this task, Central Finance and Contracting Agency and the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection have started implementation of an EU financed project ‘Strengthening capacities for strategic environmental assessment (SEA) at regional and local level’. This project will:
- Assess the SEA legal framework and the relevant institutional arrangements for SEA, and evaluate SEA capacity development needs and the current SEA training available in Croatia,
- Increase capacities for SEA at regional and local level,
- Develop guidelines and manuals for implementing the SEA at regional and local level.
Experiences from recipients of similar assistance projects in the past:
SEA is not a complicated and theoretical tool. It was a flexible mechanism that gave us feed-back from environmental experts. It ran in parallel to the production of the Estonian Single Programming Document and provided operative and practical inputs. It helped us improve quality of the document and increased awareness among NGOs of the entire planning process.
Ms. Kerli Lorvi, Ministry of Finance, Estonia