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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See also

Workshop: Designing Development Scenarios for Land-use Modeling

13 to 17 February 2017
Event

Information on how future development may unfold is essential for land use change modeling.

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SEA capacity building for the energy sector in Lao PDR - Training Seminar

29th November 2011
Event

29 November 2011

A training seminar was jointly organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Ministry of Energy and Mines, supported by EOC. The training showcased strategic environmental assessment (SEA) best practice from the GMS and demonstrated SEA as a planning tool in support of energy planning in the Lao PDR.

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