GMS Strategic Environmental Assessment Knowledge Sharing Forum
Siem Reap, Cambodia 30 to 31 October 2014
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is increasingly used by GMS countries to assess the environmental and social consequences of policies, plans and programs to achieve more sustainable development outcomes.
To share experience and knowledge of SEA application regionally, nationally and by sector, more than 90 GMS and international SEA practitioners and policymakers attended a SEA Knowledge Sharing Forum from 30 to 31 October in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The objective of the Forum was to increase recognition of SEA as a means to achieve more sustainable regional and national planning, greater awareness of present SEA knowledge and capacity gaps, and to identify priorities to tackle these challenges. To achieve this, the Forum focused on:
- identifying global, regional and national best practice fpr establishing SEA systems and integrating SEA into decision-making processes;
- assessing the effectiveness of SEA in the GMS, including the extent to which SEA outcomes have benefited policy and investment decisions;
- building understanding of the challenges and opportunities countries face in applying SEA for national and sector planning, as well as defining enabling conditions required to further the uptake of SEA in GMS countries;
- presenting technical and analytical development of SEA approaches and tools, as well as potential for their adoption in the GMS;
- mapping support from international development agencies on applying SEA for decision making in the GMS, as well as recommending actions to strengthen support;
- identifying concrete actions for GMS countries to benefit from the use of SEA as a multisector and multicriteria approach for achieving green growth and Post-2015 development goals.
Learning from the Forum will shape messages and recommendations in a policy brief and other materials on how to scale up SEA use to deliver green and sustainable development in the GMS and will be presented to environment leaders at the Fourth GMS Environment Ministers Meeting (EMM4) in January 2015. The Forum will also feed into a lessons learned publication on SEA in the GMS, which will be published during the first half of 2015.
The Forum was jointly hosted by the GMS Core Environment Program and Cambodia's Ministry of Environment, with funding and technical support from the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD,