GMS Strategic Environmental Assessment Knowledge Sharing Forum

Siem Reap, Cambodia 29 to 30 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,


File Name Size Modified
SEA Knowledge Sharing Forum Concept Note and Agenda.pdf 569 KB 26-10-2014
Opening Remarks ADB.pdf 243 KB 04-11-2014
Opening Remarks ​- Ministry of Environment, Cambodia.pdf 156 KB 04-11-2014
Session 1​_SEA and Green Growth.pdf 637 KB 29-10-2014
Session 1​_SEA in China.pdf 965 KB 29-10-2014
Session 2​_SEA in Cambodia.pdf 1 MB 29-10-2014
Session 2​_SEA in Lao PDR.pdf 156 KB 29-10-2014
Session 2​_SEA in Viet Nam.pdf 153 KB 29-10-2014
Parallel 1​_Regional Power Planning.pdf 912 KB 29-10-2014
Parallel 1​_SEA for amended PDP7.pdf 953 KB 30-10-2014
Parallel 1​_SEA for hydro river basin.pdf 990 KB 30-10-2014
Parallel 2​_Cambodia Green Growth and SEA.pdf 150 KB 29-10-2014
Parallel 2​_Integrated Spatial Planning.pdf 1 MB 30-10-2014
Session 3​_Africa Experience.pdf 232 KB 29-10-2014
Session 3​_Experience Elsewhere in Asia.pdf 256 KB 29-10-2014
Session 5​_Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services.pdf 809 KB 30-10-2014
Session 5​_LIVES Initiative.pdf 3 MB 30-10-2014
Session 5​_Natural Capital Metrics and Accounting.pdf 1 MB 30-10-2014
Session 5​_PES in Viet Nam.pdf 673 KB 30-10-2014
Session 5​_SEA Research Needs.pdf 803 KB 30-10-2014
Session 5​_Spatial Decision Support Tool.pdf 1 MB 30-10-2014
Session 5​_Sustainable Land Use.pdf 941 KB 30-10-2014
Session 5​_WWF InVEST.pdf 1 MB 30-10-2014
Session 6​_SEA training by SIDA.pdf 529 KB 30-10-2014
Session 6​_SIDA.pdf 964 KB 30-10-2014
Session 6​_USAID.pdf 502 KB 30-10-2014
SEA and Green Economy.pdf 1 MB 30-10-2014

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