National workshop on Human health and climate change in SEA and EIA Directives in Croatia

Date: 18-19.05.2015
Place: Split, Croatia
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

Under the revised EIA Directive, where a scoping opinion is issued then the EIA report shall be 'based on' that opinion and include the information that may reasonably be required together with a reasoned conclusion on the significant effects of the project on the environment, taking into account current knowledge and methods of assessment. This considerably increases the influence of the scoping process.

The enhanced screening and scoping processes are intended to focus the use of the EIA process on developments that are likely to give rise to significant environmental effects and for the consideration to be of likely significant environmental effects rather than lesser effects. As the content of screening requests will be expanded so, too, will the information to be included in the new EIA Reports – to address climate change mitigation and adaptation, natural resources, population and human health matters, and disasters.

The authorities as well as other stakeholders at the national and sub-national levels play an important role in SEA/EIA implementation in each ECRAN beneficiary country. Therefore it is important to create a core group of the trainers in the ECRAN countries to ensure the knowledge transfer to the sub-national levels within individual countries. For this purpose, the ‘Training of trainers’ scheme has been developed within ECRAN Environmental Assessment Working Group, which consists of altogether three ToT events inviting 3 trainers from each country. In between the ToT workshops the trainers are supposed to conduct training(s) in their countries. The national workshop on SEA and EIA is the second event within the ToT scheme to be organized in Croatia.

Wider Objective

To increase understanding of a good SEA and EIA practice among the regional authorities with the focus on health and climate change issues within SEA and EIA.

Specific Objectives

  • To explain main steps of SEA procedure;
  • To identify main existing challenges in SEA and EIA practice in Croatia and formulate suggestions how to solve them;
  • To present how to consider two specific issues – human health and climate change – in SEA and EIA;
  • To illustrate good SEA and EIA practice on case examples;
  • To improve training skills of trainers involved in the ToT scheme.

Expected Results of the meeting

The expected results are:

  1. Increased understanding of a good SEA and EIA practice;
  2. Suggestions on how to address existing challenges in SEA and EIA practice in Croatia are formulated;
  3. Increased training skills of trainers involved in the ToT.