Legal Harmonisation with EU, World Bank/IFC, Equator Principles, ISO (14000, 18000, 28000)

Legal Harmonisation with EU, World Bank/IFC, Equator Principles, ISO (14000, 18000, 28000)

Our assignments have been undertaken in:

Argentina (review of environmental laws on quarrying) in Brazil (review of environmental laws on planning) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (support for new environmental ministry) in Egypt (training on the new law for EIA) in the Islamic Republic of Iran (on the EIA system) Korea, Taiwan and Japan (Environmental law) in Serbia & Montenegro (EU law and environmental protection) in Saudi Arabia (environmental legislation/standards) in Turkmenistan (on drafting a new law on EIA [specifically for the oil & gas sector]) in Uruguay (review of environmental laws on planning) and in Yemen ((on drafting a new law of EIA).

In addition, work in the following sectors has required a detailed knowledge of applicable environmental laws, regulations, codes etc depending on the country (oil and gas, tourism & recreation, water, waste, forestry & agriculture, harbours & marinas, road, rail, air & sea transportation, power, chemical, construction, and urban development).

Projects undertaken by FutureStates in this category

LocationAgency/SectorAssignmentProject Description
KazakhstanEBRD (EY/Stantec)Climate Change ExpertTCFD services provided: Analysis of transition risks and opportunities. Desktop review of available literature and similar oil & gas companies’ disclosure on transition risk; Preparation of risks & opportunities summary; TCFD transition related risks & opportunities; Description of risks & opportunities and qualitative description of the risk and its impact; Review of the long-list of decarbonisation measures; Provide recommendations of methodologies to quantify the outcomes of the climate action priorities for mitigation measures, for both ex-ante and ex-post quantification; Recommendation of additional mitigation measures to achieve climate targets, mitigate risks and harness climate opportunities.
Comoros, Djibouti, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, TanzaniaEU (CYE)Programming ExpertFormulation: Preparation of all the necessary elements for a draft Action Document to implement a programme on ocean governance, sustainable blue economy and conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean.
GlobalEU (COWI)Team LeaderFinal Evaluation: Technical Assistance for the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability, including biodiversity, climate change and disaster risk reduction. The specific purpose of the evaluation is to assess the Mainstreaming Facility’s work using the six standard DAC evaluation criteria, namely: relevance, coherence, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact. In addition, evaluation will assess the EU added value.
EgyptEU (Cowater)Team LeaderMid Term Evaluation: of the Egyptian Pollution Abatement Project (III) which is designed to establish funding mechanisms, with the help of international donors’ community, to support industrial companies that are willing to invest in pollution abatement. The evaluation assesses against six standard DAC evaluation criteria: relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact, in addition to the EU-specific evaluation criterion: EU Added Value.
GeorgiaEU (EuroPus)Technical WriterMid-Term, Final, and ex post Evaluations: European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development Programme (ENPARD) 2013-2020 Final Evaluation: ENPARD II final evaluation, ENPARD III mid-term evaluation (both budget support) and ex post evaluation of the Support to the National Food Agency. Role was to re-draft the Final Report and Executive Summary into standard English and complete remaining gaps.
Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Palestine, Serbia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UkraineEU (Particip)Team LeaderEvaluation: of funding mechanisms and modalities of implementation in Enlargement and Neighbourhood areas 2014 - 2020 covering all thematic areas related to environment and climate change. Results are to enhance planning, design, implementation and monitoring of new interventions launched in the context of IPA III and the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument.
UzbekistanUNDP (VJW)ExpertODS Replacement: Development of a comprehensive resource mobilisation strategy to attract and stream financial resources to the refrigeration and air conditioning sector for the implementation of zero- ODS, low-GWP and energy efficient technologies, to assist in meeting the requirements of the Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Amendment.
KuwaitKOC (ECO)ExpertWaste Management: Development of a Long Term Waste Management Strategy involving several stages: Review of Existing waste management documentation; Waste and economic forecasts; Establishing a strategic planning framework; Identification and evaluation of options; and Strategy formulation and implementation plan.
LebanonEU (Transtec)Team LeaderEx-post Evaluation: Support to Reforms Environmental Governance: to provide the relevant services of the European Union Delegation, the Ministry of Environment and the Programme Assistance Office with: an overall independent assessment of the past performance of the Action Support to Reforms – Environmental Governance paying particular attention to its results measured against its expected objectives; and the reasons underpinning such results; key lessons learned, conclusions and related recommendations in order to improve future Actions; more particularly the design of a new action in the area of environmental crimes and a follow-up action on air pollution.
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, United KingdomEU (EY)Team LeaderAssesses (i) the preparedness of EU Member States to apply the climate change requirements of the 2014 – 2020 programming period; (ii) Understanding the reasons behind the differences Member States and infrastructure sectors in terms of addressing climate adaptation issues, identifying gaps and barriers as well as best practices; (iii) Stock-taking at European and State level (resources available and needed); (iv) Development of case study examples; and (v) Communication and dissemination of project findings.
NigeriaEC (ARS Progetti)Team LeaderMid-Term Review: Of the Support Programme to the Niger Delta (five states Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, and Rivers) to evaluate the water and sanitation project component for appropriateness and feasibility, and potential mid-term corrections. Recommendations concerning whether or not the donor should continue supporting the sector, how should this support be designed and implemented. All this within a traditional focus on relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
PalestineEC, EIB (Acciona)Institutional Assessment and TrainingInstitutional Assessment and Training: Preparation and delivery of a training course on environmental law to Palestinian institutions applying to desalination plants (construction and operations) ~ Local laws, Israeli and MENA regulations, EU regulations, Equator principles, World Bank Safeguards and IFC performance standards.
Puntland, Somalia, SomalilandTransport, Waste, UNOPS (IPE)Environmental and Social Management FrameworkEnvironmental and Social Management Framework: Developed for transport and waste management sectors.
MozambiqueWorld Bank (Cardno US)Strategic Environmental and Social AssessmentStrategic Environmental and Social Assessment: to provide a strategic framework for strengthening environmental and social sustainability of the mineral, coal, gas, LNG, artisanal and small-scale mining sectors, and for strengthening the addressing of health and safety in these sectors.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, UkraineEU (Tractebel)Regional EvaluationGlobal assessment of the EU support provided at regional level in the fields of environmental governance and green economy, water management, and climate change in the Eastern Partnership countries , 2007-2013 and make recommendations for further EU support for the forthcoming programming period (2014-2020).
NigeriaDFID (ASI)ComplianceProvision of preliminary advice on compliance requirements for the DFID investment: Attracting Investment in Kogi State through support to a starch processing facility with up to 93,000 million tonnes capacity in the Kogi Staple Crop Processing Zone.
NigeriaOil & Gas (Environ)Due DiligenceIdentify potential liabilities in oil and gas concessions related to potential environmental or social issues that could have a material impact on the value of the assets assessed; the number and magnitude of oil spills and the remedial work and measures that has been carried out and measures taken to prevent oil spills in the future; current environmental non-compliance with local laws and regulations and actions being taken; facility requirements and cost estimates required to meet current and reasonably foreseeable; environmental regulations; past and current environmental liabilities and penalties including any on-site and off-site contaminated land liabilities; and site remediation, closure and monitoring; past and current gas flaring volumes and penalties and measures taken to reduce gas flaring in the future; past and current security issues and disruptions (bunkering) and measures in place to improve security and reduce oil losses; threatened or actual third party or regulatory action or claims; past and current relationships with the local communities.
NigeriaConstruxSustainable BankingSustainable Banking Management System: Provision of advice on, and implementation of, sustainable banking principles by banks, discount houses and development finance institutions including environmental and social footprinting. Principles included: Environmental and Social Governance, Financial Inclusion, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Human Rights.
Sierra LeoneMacAlister Elliott & PartnersEIA ~ Minerals TerminalAn EIA is being undertaken of a new tank farm to support terminal development for offloading of fuel for mining operations in hinterland.
GhanaEC (AGEG)Country Environmental ProfilePreparation of CEP to: Identify and assess environmental and climate change issues for consideration during programming process for 11th EDF (2014-2020) and identification/design of future 11th EDF support activities; Provide decision-makers in Ghana, and in EU, with clear information on: key environmental challenges (including those resulting from increasing climate variability and climate change); current policy, legislative and institutional framework; and strategies and programmes (including those of the EC and other donors) designed to address them; Establish key linkages between environment, including climate change, and poverty reduction; Contribute to focusing political dialogue and co-operation with Government.
KazakhstanWorld BankMiningProvision of environmental advice to the Kazakhstan Mining Sector (assessing sector master plan).
Guam, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, PalauEC (Cardno)Renewable EnergyA mid-term review undertaken to: Assess efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, impact and sustainability of the North-Renewable Energy Project in meeting its overall objective of improving quality of life on outer islands of the Marshall Islands (Majuro), Micronesia (Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae) and Palau; Assess extent to which expected benefits are being /will be achieved; Assess extent to which results could be sustainably maintained; and to, Identify required changes in project design including the performance indicators, or curtailment of activities because of significant problems, or need for an extension to the Project.
MontenegroEC (SOPEX)Peer Review, QAEvaluation: Ex-Ante Evaluation of the Operational Programmes for IPA Components III & IV and Strategic Environmental Environmental Assessment of the Operational Programme for IPA Component III - Montenegro.
PakistanEC (AGEG)Climate ChangeScoping Mission to explore and identify interventions to support the Government and build its capacity to address climate change with a reasonable expectation of sustainability in the long run and potential complementarity with the EU's upcoming and ongoing projects in the area of rural development, natural resources management and sustainable development in the country and region, as well as the programmes of other donors active in the field of climate change and sustainable development.
JamaicaEC (Transtec)EIA ~ wastewaterAssessment of the existing practices at distilleries and sugar factories in Jamaica for the disposal of wastewater and proposed strategies to effectively manage wastewater from the sugar industries within the context of the hierarchy of waste management, environmental sustainability and operational cost-effectiveness.
Belize, GlobalEC (MWH)Climate ChangeKey Expert advising the Global Climate Change Alliance which provides a platform for dialogue and exchange among the EU and target countries and provides support in five priority areas: Adaptation to climate change; Reducing emissions from deforestation; Enhancing participation in the Clean Development Mechanism ; Promoting Disaster Risk Reduction; and, Integrating climate change into poverty reduction efforts. Specified and organised identification and formulation missions to Benin, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Samoa, Laos and Bhutan and facilitated regional climate change conference for Caribbean.
CaribbeanDFIDClimate ChangeRapid Climate Change screening of the DFID Caribbean portfolio of programmes/projects and assessment of priorities for interventions.
BelgiumACP - ECDisaster ManagementCreation of website relating to disaster risk management and disaster risk reduction covering the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and regional institutions.
MalawiECSEA - SugarSEA: Carried out for the implementation of the National Adaptation Strategy of the Sugar Industry and the relevant EC Multi-Annual support. Overall objective ~ describe, identify and assess the likely significant environmental challenges, considerations and effects of implementing the NAS with regard to the environmental impact of the sugar restructuring.
NigeriaDFIDState Peer ReviewElaboration of environmental indicators to assist in the development of the peer review mechanism as part of the State Evaluation and Assessment Tool being undertaken within the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability programme, on behalf of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the Federal Government.
NigeriaGovernmentClimate Change PolicyNigeria Climate Change Policy and National Response Strategy Call for Memoranda. Developed a Memorandum on behalf of the Special Climate Change Unit to support the Nigeria Climate Change Policy and National Response Strategy (refers to REDD, FLEGT, CDM and Disaster Risk Reduction).
FijiECSEA - SugarSEA: Carried out for the implementation of the National Adaptation Strategy for the Sugar Industry. Overall objective ~ describe, identify and assess the likely significant environmental challenges, considerations and effects of implementing the NAS with regard to the environmental impact of the sugar restructuring. Involved a Scoping Study and the SEA Study itself with some emphasis on co-generation, biofuels and carbon sequestration.
UgandaECClimate ChangeUpdate the Country Environment Profile and identify ways and means to strengthen EC support to address climate change in Uganda.
NigeriaChemicalsHSE AuditHSE audit of chemical manufacturing facility.
NigeriaPortsHSSE specification ~ portsSpecification and implementation of Health, Safety, Security and Environment in a port and dredging context to comply with ISO 14001, 18001 and 28000.
KuwaitOil & GasImplementation ~ ISO 14001Peer review of ISO 14001 implementation including assessment of environmental aspects, site visits (pipelines, tank farms, contractor sites) and risk methodology.
BelizeECSEA - SugarSEA: Carried out for the implementation of the Belize Country Strategy for the Adaptation of the Sugar Industry 2006-2015 and the relevant EC Multi-Annual Support. Overall objective ~ describe, identify and assess the likely significant environmental challenges, considerations and effects of implementing the BCS with regard to the environmental impact of the sugar restructuring. Involved a Scoping Study and the SEA Study itself.
Global, Papua New Guinea, PhilippinesECClimate Change, Risk ScreeningEstimation of the part of the EC's aid portfolio that is potentially at risk due to climate change. Specifically this includes developing and testing a process to screen EC interventions for their likely vulnerability to climate change impacts and their potential direct and indirect consequences on the capacity to adapt to climate change or climate change mitigation potential of a sector/country. The analysis also provides recommendations to effectively respond to climate change challenges in development co-operation.
NamibiaECEvaluation of water and sanitation sectorAssignment called for an assessment of the environmental governance issues in the urban and rural, water and sanitation sectors in Namibia, supporting the preparation and processing of key strategic documents for the future development of the sector, and assisting the stakeholders coordination process, identifying potential interventions to improve water and sanitation governance and increase access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation to be funded under the 10th EDF.
NigeriaPortsTraining ~ EIA, EMS and security managementContributions to a five-day course in Nigeria on EIA, EMS and security management were prepared and delivered to delegates from all the major ports of Nigeria and to key dredging operators, specifically focussing on the Delta ports and best practice.
Bosnia and HerzegovinaECIntegrated Pollution Prevention ControlDevelopment of Terms of Reference to implement the EC Directive on IPPC in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
KuwaitGovernmentKeynote AddressKeynote speaker at regional conference in Kuwait on ISO 14001 and climate change sponsored by the Kuwait government.
IrelandGovernmentDue diligence of environmental studies ~ gas pipelineThe Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) of the Government of Ireland requires a statutory assessment of an Environmental Impact Statement concerned with the construction and operation of an onshore and offshore pipeline. The twin objectives of the assignment are to confirm the regulatory compliance of the EIS with relevant EU and Irish legislation and to confirm the technical compliance with relevant ISO standards.
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, UzbekistanEC TACIS, ADBEnvironmental advice and due diligence support to energy sectorSupport to an EC/ADB Rapid-Response Expert Facility in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for energy sector (developing gas supplies and interstate transportation, electricity generation and transmission, energy efficiency and renewable energy) in Central Asia. Provision of technical assistance to support regional energy investment projects.
NigeriaOil & GasDevelopment of risk-based security documentationDevelopment of security documentation for an onshore and coastal oil and gas company in Nigeria to align with HSE-MS and ISO 17799:2005, 28000 and the ISPS Code (International Ship and Port Facility Security); development and testing of security risk assessments and countermeasures.
Benin, Burkina Faso, MaliMCCDue diligence of environmental studies for roads programme Working with in-country Millennium counterparts, the EIA and other environmental studies were assessed in Burkina Faso for proposed 1200 km roads programme (bitumen, earth and rural access); significant transboundary issues with Benin, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Togo.
Ethiopia, Germany, Kenya, SwitzerlandEC AIDCOPreparation of support programme for the implementation of multi-lateral environmental agreements Working with the ACP Secretariat and regional partners (in Ethiopia, Kenya, Germany and Switzerland) a programme was prepared to assist ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) countries to negotiate, manage and implement Multilateral Environmental Agreements and mainstream the related environmental issues; Desertification Convention (UNCCD), Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol), and the Chemicals & Wastes Conventions (Rotterdam, Stockholm, Basel). Various financing options were discussed and a draft Project Identification Fiche/Financing Proposal was elaborated (9th EDF-compliant).
NigeriaPort, Harbours & MarinasPeer review of initial port enlargement optionsRiver Bonny Channel Expansion in the Nigerian Delta ~ a number of options are being considered to facilitate port access to larger vessels and a higher volume of traffic; to include widening and deepening the existing approach channel or creating a new channel. In either case the channel will need to be dredged and the dumped spoils assessed. Various options are to be assessed for environmental and social impact. The specific task called for peer review of the EIA work undertaken by local and UK consultants.
BulgariaWorld Bank, Investors\r\nDue diligence of environmental studies ~ nuclear powerAssessed EIA and other environmental studies for proposed nuclear power facility on banks of Danube in Bulgaria, with significant transboundary issues.
KuwaitOil & GasWeb-based HSE-MSProvision of advice to Kuwait oil company on the hardware and software needed to establish a functional web and PC-based system to manage health, safety and environmental issues captured within a formal HSE-MS across all the operating companies. Two systems were identified, compared and contrasted and recommendations made.
United States of AmericaUNDPMid-Term ReviewGuidance was provided on the Terms of Reference for, and selection process of, a Mid-Term Reviewer of the IW : LEARN programme, based in the US.
NigeriaOil & GasDevelopment of risk-based security documentationDevelopment of security documentation for an offshore oil and gas company in Nigeria to align with HSE-MS and ISO 17799:2005, 28000 and the ISPS Code (International Ship and Port Facility Security); development and testing of security risk assessments and countermeasures.
NicaraguaUSAIDDevelopment/Delivery of EIA trainingA three-day, EIA course was developed and delivered in Nicaragua, with local NGO, for government agencies, fully supported with a delegate's manual and used local case study examples, focussing on the oil and gas sector specifically the potential impacts of seismic acquisition and exploration drilling.
Trinidad & TobagoECDisaster Preparedness AssessmentCurrent arrangements in Trinidad & Tobago were assessed for all aspects of disaster preparedness leading to financing for improved disaster management capability; regional, national and at community level.
YemenUNDPReview and development ~ environmental indicatorsCountry environmental indicators for the Yemen were reviewed and developed for dams, roads, urban renewal, oil and gas and agriculture. A further requirement was the development of technical content for a new regulation for the EIA of oil and gas sector facilities.
Saudi ArabiaLegalImplementation of EIAProvision of advice concerning the implementation and enforcement of existing environmental legislation of Saudi Arabia, specifically EIA, and the relative roles of the municipal and national statutory authorities in environmental protection.
NigeriaIFIDue diligence ~ pipelineAssessed EIA and other environmental studies for Gbaran-Ubie/EGGS-2 project in Nigeria ~ an onshore large-capacity gas supply source/transport system in Bayelsa State in the eastern part of the Niger delta.
NigeriaOil & GasImplementation of environmental standardsAssistance was provided to raise company in Nigeria to certification readiness for the new ISO 14001: 2004 EMS and integrating several new facilities to the existing scope.
UgandaEUCountry Environmental ProfileSupport was provided for the preparation of a Country Strategy Paper for Uganda, to directly influence EC cooperation activities, and ensure cooperation strategies integrate environmental considerations into the selection of priority focal areas.
AlgeriaOil & GasEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ gas pipeline and processing facilitiesEIA: Drafting of ToR for gas facilities/pipeline located in southern Algeria - summarised information available, EIA method to be followed, and deliverables expected (Environmental Impact Statement, Environmental & Social Baseline Study, the Impact Assessment, the Management Plan and the Public Consultation Programme). Methodology required by ToR was consistent with best practice, incorporating World Bank (IFC) and EBRD norms, and national/international regulatory requirements.
UruguayIFCStrategic Environmental Impact assessment ~ pulp & paperSEA: Pulp & Paper Assignment in Uruguay (using applicable IFC/WBG policies and guidelines) considered the aggregate impact of two plants for the same activity, with the same impact zone of influence; and, the broader level of planned development in both Uruguay and Argentina on a regional perspective; significant issues transboundary, air quality, water quality, urban development.
BangladeshEUDisaster Preparedness AssessmentLed Appraisal Mission to Bangladesh to design three-year programme; Earthquake preparedness and mitigation; Community awareness programme for all aspects of disaster preparedness leading to a study /design of a pilot implementation of a permanent disaster management capability; and, Extension of the disaster management information centre with ability to inform in real time to community level.
GuyanaEUCountry Environmental ProfileSupport was provided for the preparation of a Country Strategy Paper for Guyana, to directly influence EC cooperation activities, and ensure cooperation strategies integrate environmental considerations into the selection of priority focal areas.
Russian FederationOil & GasEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ pipeline routingComparative environmental and social risk-based analysis undertaken for pipeline route options in the Russian Federation as part of a major field expansion, using comprehensive technical reviews, additional engineering and environmental surveys. Key sensitive issues: Western Grey Whale, Steller's Sea Eagle, other Red Book species, Class I forest, lagoons, wetlands etc.
Bosnia and HerzegovinaEC PHAREInstitutional Strengthening ~ sustainable management Transfer environmental and sustainable management competence to local partners (ministries, universities, companies and individuals) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Activities: cost-benefit of environment policies, options of environmental policy instruments, a single economic/legal resource centre, drafting of legal documents, clarification of the roles and responsibilities at State/Entity/Cantonal/Municipal level and the application of PCM; included reviews of relevant activities on MEAs.
Russian FederationEBRDDevelopment of an environmental action plan and identification of improvements in environmental and safety management practicesDevelopment of an environmental action plan and identification of improvements in environmental and safety management practices in; oil spill response management, occupational health and safety, and environmental management systems in Russian Federation. Consisted of three-phase programme of preparation, development and implementation with subsequent follow-up over a period of approximately two years. Another specific task was to identify and develop communications linkages within company, its organisational HSE management system and the communities.
Argentina, UruguayIADBDue diligence ~ portThe construction and operation of a private port for M'Bopicu on the Uruguay side of the Rio Uruguay (shared between Argentina and Uruguay) was assessed. Task involved summarising the relevant characteristics related to the environmental, social, health and safety aspects. Key issues: water quality, dredging & disposal, multiplier effects, bi-national impacts and transboundary issues and regional impact on sustainable development. Quarterly monitoring during construction; annual monitoring during operations.
IranJICAAssessment of the EIA and planning systemA key issue in country selection for inward investment is the regulatory regime of Iran. Of particular interest is the required time for undertaking an EIA and obtaining an approval to proceed with construction. The purpose of this assignment was to clarify the existing constraints in the EIA process for use by specialised funds and potential investors.
Russian FederationInvestorsDue diligence ~ pipelineAssignment involved the assessment and summary of the ecological and socio-economic work carried out by the oil company and its Russian sub contractors in the Russian Far East. Comments made on: adequacy for characterisation of the terrestrial environment - including spatial and temporal coverage; identification of protected areas and species identified; detailed surveys carried out in vicinity of the major facilities (LNG plant, tanker loading facility, oil export terminal, offshore producing facilities, booster stations, pipe landfall, pipeline, construction camps etc.). Reviewed mitigation measures outlined in preliminary EIA report for adequacy.
TurkmenistanEC-TACISDrafting of a regulation for EIAAssignment involved provision of policy advice and assistance to the Ministry of Nature Use and Environmental Protection in Turkmenistan regarding the application of EIA to projects in the oil and gas sector. Work entailed preparation of a normative (legal) procedure for the EIA of proposed oil and gas facilities, involved extensive inter-ministry discussions, visits to existing oil and gas facilities.
SerbiaUNTraining ~ EU lawA series of seminars was developed for the European Council for Peace and Development of the UN University of Peace in Belgrade, Serbia: An Introduction to EU Legislation the Parliamentary Process etc; Air Quality; Environmental Impact Assessment; Strategic Environmental Assessment; Integrated Pollution Prevention Control; Water Quality; Producer Responsibility; Waste Electrical and Electronic Goods; End-of-Life Vehicles; and Sustainability. The training was delivered within the context of re-working existing assets in northern Serbia to accommodate tourism opportunities.
ChinaUS ConsultancyTraining ~ ISO 14001A five-day, Train-the-Trainer workshop in China on ISO 14001 auditing was provided, fully supported with a delegate's manual and used local case study examples, focussing on the tourism and automotive sectors.
NigeriaOil & GasImplementation ~ ISO 14001Assistance on developing an integrated health, safety and environment management system and to prepare an oil company in Nigeria for ISO 14001 certification. Activities included policy review, manual preparation, and development of procedures. To support implementation, various awareness workshops were developed and given, at different levels, including for senior managers, staff, contractors and suppliers. Successfully certified to ISO 14001 by SGS. Further specialist support provided: EIA, internal auditing, and programmes on waste minimisation and energy conservation.
BrazilIADBDue diligence ~ portThe construction and operation of a private port (Port of Itapo) in the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil was assessed. The Port of Itapo expected to handle 1M tons of forest products [wood chips and logs] and 4 M tons of containerised cargo. Components and facilities: container-handling terminal, wood-chip handling terminal, administration and other general installations. Tasks: summarising relevant characteristics related to the environmental, social, health and safety aspects, based upon a review of existing information and a site reconnaissance, and evaluating adequacy of the proposed environmental, social, health and safety assessments, plans and procedures. Compliance audit: sawmill, products facility and a protected area.
CyprusLocal ConsultancyTraining ~ HSE in ConstructionA series of 2-day seminars were developed and delivered in Cyprus on: Managing Health and Safety for the Construction Industry, Pollution Control Management, EIA from Theory to Practice, and Environmental Auditing for Hotels. The seminars included a site visit, local cases as examples and were supported with custom delegates notes.
MauritiusWorld BankTraining ~ ISO 14001, EMS, auditing and awarenessSeries of 1-day, 2-day and 3-day workshops in Mauritius was provided to train export businesses and government agencies on environmental awareness, management and the international standard for environmental management systems, ISO 14001. Workshops supported with delegate's manual and local case studies.
JapanCertification Certification ~ ISO 14001An Audit (Stage 1) was undertaken at three companies in Japan within the scopes of Engineering and of Construction. Each audit took approximately four days. Subsequently, three Audits (Stage 2) were undertaken at these companies each audit took approximately five days.
North MacedoniaUNDPCapacity-building ~ environmental protectionWorked with Ministry of Urban Planning, Construction and Environment (MUPCE) in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to identify training needs in environmental management (including EIA and SEA), policy design, environmental finance and environmental and natural resource valuation. Assistance provided to other ministries - elaboration of cross-sectoral strategies for the environment. Advice provided on monitoring and licensing functions in industry, water management and energy sectors, development of Local Environmental Action Plans, and the First Communication for UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
CyprusLocal ConsultancyTraining ~ EIAA 2-day course on environmental impact assessment in Cyprus with special emphasis on setting EIA into a local context, prior to potential assimilation into the EU. Included a site visit, local cases as examples and was supported with delegate's notes.
JapanCertificationTraining ~ ISO 14001 toolkitAn ISO 14001 Toolkit was developed on behalf of an ISO 9000 Certification Body specifically for use in Japan to support Japanese consultants in developing their client companies to certification for ISO 14001. To support the toolkit, three training modules were also developed on environmental awareness, consultancy skills in EMS and on the use of the toolkit.
JapanCertificationTraining ~ ISO 14001 toolkitTraining: Using an ISO 14001 Toolkit (prepared under a previous contract), Japanese consultants were trained in how to assist their client companies to certification for ISO 14001. 5-day training undertaken using various live situations such as hotels, light manufacturing etc.
EgyptWorld Bank, (GEF)CZM ~ GEF Red Sea Coastal and Marine Resource Management ProjectWorking with government agencies including the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency and the Tourism Development Authority, activities included: development of a database utilising GIS and remote sensing techniques; baseline studies on existing pollution and nature-based tourism, a regulatory needs assessment, identification of institutional strengthening needs, building capacity in EIA, establishment of an Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement Coordination Unit, a Reef Recreation Management Unit, and development of a Marine Protected Areas Programme.
Russian FederationEC TACISTraining ~ ISO 14001A series of 4-day workshops was undertaken in the Russian Federation (in Moscow and Ulan Ude [SE Siberia]) to train businesses on environmental management and the international standard, ISO 14001. Workshops supported with delegate's manual, copy of Standard (in Russian) and local case studies.
Central & Eastern EuropeEC TACISTraining ~ EIAA 5-day course was prepared and delivered on environmental impact assessment for transportation projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Special emphasis placed on using case studies from central and eastern Europe. The course included site visits and fully supported with delegate's manual.
Philippines, SingaporeCertificationTraining ~ ISO 14001A series of 2-day workshops were run to train businesses in Singapore and Philippines on environmental management and the international standard for environmental management systems, ISO 14001. These workshops fully supported with a delegate's manual and copy of the Standard.
Malaysia, PhilippinesUK Government, Crown AgentsTraining ~ ISO 14001Seminars held to promote environmental management and the implementation of ISO 14001 into Filipino and Malaysian businesses. The Bureau of Product Standards (DTI) in the Philippines (equivalent to UKAS in the UK) and appropriate counterparts in Malaysia facilitated the seminar programme for grinding mill, real estate, paper-making, marketing, paints, meat processing, filling station, brewing, furniture-making, bulk-handling, wire cable, oil refining, automotive components/ manufacture, bottling, glass manufacturing, and trade associations.
Saudi ArabiaUK Government, DTIPolicy ~ environmental protectionPreliminary studies in Saudi Arabia: requirements for, and benefits of, introducing environmental legislation/standards. Entailed the identification and briefing on international and regional environmental legislative activities. Various round-table discussions on the State of the Environment and its protection needs were facilitated including the benefits of environmental improvement that could accrue, the necessary process, an understanding of the barriers and the motivators to environmental improvement, and, the timescale for introduction of ISO 14001.
Japan, South Korea, TaiwanUK ConsultancyIEMA-accredited trainingThree IEMA-accredited training courses for Japan, South Korea and Taiwan; Foundation Course for Environmental Auditors, An Introduction to Environmental Management Systems and Advanced Course for EMS Auditors were developed for use in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Training packages incorporated trainee manuals, trainer notes, case studies and in-country legislation. Developed in conjunction with professionals from the specific countries and aimed at public/private sector.
Czech RepublicEBRDCapacity-buildingStudy tour, co-ordination and technical assistance, water management for Ministry of Agriculture, Czech Republic - established links with various bodies in the UK regulatory, legal and technical communities in order to assess regulatory best practice, legal approaches to setting standards and to review availability of technical assistance. After initial consultations in the Czech Republic a study tour (accompanied/facilitated) was organised within the UK including water companies, technical and management consultants, DoE, HMIP, NRA and Czech Embassy.
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