2nd Workshop on SEA Pilot in Albania

Date: 11-12.01.2016
Place: Tirana, Albania
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

The implementation of SEA Directive in ECRAN countries is still in a very early stage and there is a lack of capacity for appropriate SEA application. Therefore, the ECRAN project provides support on selected real SEA cases, which could be considered as the most efficient way of capacity building for SEA. Besides direct technical assistance, the supported SEA pilots will serve as a basis for SEA-related training activities within ECRAN project.

Based on the communication with representatives of the Ministry of Environment of Albania, the SEA for the General National Territorial Plan was selected as the 2nd SEA pilot to be supported (the 1st one was SEA for the Offshore hydrocarbons Exploitation and Production Programme in Montenegro).

The first workshop focusing on the scoping and baseline analysis was held on September 9 – 10, 2015. Since the draft SEA report was prepared by the national SEA consultants, the 2nd workshop was proposed to be organized in order to discuss the SEA outcomes and recommendations before the public consultation meeting.

Wider Objective:

To support a good SEA practice in Albania by providing methodological guidelines and support to the national SEA experts.

Specific Objectives:

  • To discuss the quality of SEA report and (if needed) to agree on its further updates;
  • To agree on how main SEA recommendations shall be considered in finalization and approval of the General National Territorial Plan;
  • To outline further steps in SEA process.

Expected Results:

  • Overview of the main SEA recommendations with indication how these should be considered in the General National Territorial Plan;
  • The 1st draft of the scoping matrix;
  • Outline of the next steps in SEA process.