By-law on Strategic Environmental Assessment project soon implemented in Turkey

This TA is mainly devoted to support the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization in creation of legal, institutional, administrative, technical conditions for full and effective implementation of the EU Directive 2001/42/EC on Strategic Environmental Assessment

November 17 2014

In September took place in Madrid (Spain) the first Strategic Environmental Assessment Train of Trainers/Study Visit with 9 participants from various Turkish Ministries carried out by Eptisa within the Technical Assistance for Implementation of the By-Law on Strategic Environmental Assessment project.

The Technical Assistance for Implementation of the By-Law on Strategic Environmental Assessment project, funded by the EU through CFCU organization, has been launched last 24th June 2014 through an Explanatory Meeting in TOBB Twin Towers in Ankara. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Öztürk, the Undersecretary of Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and Mr. Bela Szombati, Vice President of the Delegation of the European Commission to Turkey, welcomed the high level institutions and organizations, while stressing the importance of the activities and tasks to be realized during the Project.

The project, managed by a Consortium led by Eptisa, is now approaching more operational stages, which will last until May 2016. The TA is mainly devoted to support the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (together with all SEA key actors and stakeholders from the public and private sectors, as well as from Civil Society) in creation of legal, institutional, administrative, technical conditions for full and effective implementation of the EU Directive 2001/42/EC on Strategic Environmental Assessment, and introduction of SEA procedures in the Turkish planning system. Within this unique objective, the project will be developing integrated initiatives along three main directions:

1. Implementation of SEA pilot process to Plans/Programs in 4 selected sectors, and drafting of related sector SEA guidelines. The 4 pilot sectors and related plans/programs have been already selected (see table below), and SEA scoping analysis initiated, by establishing a strict collaboration between the SEA project team and the planning teams from the competent Ministries/Institutions.

Sector

Ministry

Plan

Water Management

Forestry and Water Affairs

(General Directorate of Water Affairs)

Büyük Menderes

Draft River Basin Management Plan

Renewable Energy

Energy and Natural Resources

(General Directorate of Renewable Energy)

Konya-Karapınar Energy

Specialized Industrial Zones

Agriculture

Agriculture, Food and Livestock

(General Directorate of Agricultural Reform)

Bozcaada Gökçeada

Agricultural Master Plan

Regional Development

Ankara Development Agency

Ankara Development Plan

2. Identification of sound and effective process for SEA Directive Transposition in Turkey. A number of Analysis Reports on the EIA/SEA systems adopted in various EU Member Countries will help looking into the legal framework and related institutional set up, paving the way for an effective transposition mechanism of the SEA EU Directive, supported by revision of the By-law. First Reports expected to be finalized and discussed with the relevant Institutions early in 2015.

3. Capacity development on the central/local level, as well as in key sectors, mainly through organization of trainings and site visits. Three Study Visits in EU countries are included in the capacity building package, plus a number of targeted training and awareness increasing initiatives all around the country, which will lead to more than 300 staff in MoEU and competent authorities trained on fundamentals of SEA at various levels and at least 250 participants from universities, NGOs and chambers participated to the SEA awareness raising workshops, study tours and other activities.

The second Study Visit for High Level Managers from the Public Administration is going to be scheduled between the dates 1-5 December 2014, also in Spain.


 
 By-law on Strategic Environmental Assessment project soon implemented in Turkey