SEA Support for Socioeconomic Development Planning in Lao PDR (2014–2016)

Lao PDR is developing a decree and guidelines for strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in an effort to mainstream SEA in the country's development planning processes.

Once the new decree is endorsed, SEAs will be required for all national and provincial socioeconomic development plans and land use plans. CEP will provide support to relevant government ministries on the application of SEA to strengthen strategic planning.

Specifically, CEP will look at how SEA can be merged with an Integrated Spatial Planning (ISP) tool that is currently being piloted for land use planning in six provinces. ISP is a decision support tool used for mapping economic, social, and environment aspects of development plans. While ISP is often an integral part of SEA, such assessments are typically broader, for example, in land use planning an SEA will look at a range of development scenarios, potential impacts, and planning options.

CEP will work closely with Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) to organize awareness raising and training events for relevant ministries to identify regulatory, institutional, and individual capacity gaps in applying SEA and ISP for socioeconomic development planning and other planning processes. Building on this, CEP will work with the Ministry of Planning and Investment and other ministries to promote environmental mainstreaming in planning, investments and sector activity, including within the GMS Regional Investment Framework.

Resources

File Name Size Modified
Guideline Integrated Spatial Planning 23​-04​-2010.pdf 3 MB 17-06-2014
ISP in Lao PDR.pdf 791 KB 17-06-2014

Publish Date: 17th June 2014

Last Updated: 6th March 2016

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ADB  SPEECH- 4 December 2013

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Natural Capital and the Rule of Law held in Manila, Philippines on 2 December 2013

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A tourism SEA in the Golden Quadrangle (2011 to 2012)

1st June 2012
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