FutureStates

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

Sustainable development programmes have included:

Specified the National Council for Sustainable Development (FYR Macedonia).

Facilitated Local Environmental Action Plans (Egypt, FYR Macedonia, and Trinidad & Tobago).

Designed and implemented surveys to identify issues within communities and nesting the results within existing municipal, regional and national governmental infrastructure.

Programmed the UNDP Sustainable Development Networking Programme to ensure development activities are sustainable throughout civil society.

Acted as Advisor to the European-Asian funded Mega-Cities project, transfer of cleaner technologies to promote sustainable development.

Supported central government of Montenegro (for creation of an ecological state) and the municipalities in Serbia (for sustainable tourism) and central government in Egypt (sustainable tourism).

We have worked with many government entities (central, region & municipal) to develop cross-sectoral policy guidance and support. The work has involved; reviewing existing legislation, proposing adjustments and developing materials in order to train selected groups on various aspects of the law; developing proposals for legislative changes, for introduction of protective standards, for environmental protection, monetary instruments and for incorporating alleviation of poverty issues; and, in certain cases, incorporating the mainstreaming of gender equality and considering minority groups (e.g. the Roma communities and Amerindian groups).

Projects undertaken by FutureStates in this category

LocationAgency/SectorAssignmentProject Description
UgandaEU (EuroPlus)ExpertDiagnostic Studies were undertaken to support the Mid-Term-Review of Uganda's 2nd National Development Plan (NDP-2) and evaluation of NDP-1. Specific studies were Environment, Natural Resources, Climate Change, and the Green Economy. Studies identified for each of the four thematic areas (a) current situation, (b) progress made against the NDP targets and (c) public and private financing against NDP projections.
Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, KenyaDFID (IMC)ReviewerThe objective is to conduct an Independent Review of the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF), a component of the DFID East Africa Geothermal Programme. The GRMF provides support to private and public geothermal developers to reduce the risk in the early stages of geothermal development. The focus of the review is on Management, Governance, and Effectiveness.
TajikistanEBRD (IMC)ExpertThe assignment on climate change resilience and gender contributed to evidence building on integrating gender considerations into climate-resilient policy and investment planning processes; and to strengthen national capabilities to successfully integrate gender considerations.
SerbiaEU (AECOM)Team LeaderFormulate support to all institutions involved in the area of disaster management, prevention, and resilience building, with a focus on agriculture and the rural sector generally (climate smart agriculture).
VietnamADB (SAMBO)ExpertDrafting climate change adaptation guidelines for two sections (Ben Luc and Binh Chuan) of the Third Ring Road around Ho Chi Minh City involving development of vulnerabilities, impacts and adaptation options, based on IPCC Climate Change Scenarios.
Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia, SurinameCDB (KEIOS)ExpertDevelopment of new Urban Sector Policy and Strategy and associated Operational Guidelines through which to implement the strategy and dissemination of urban information and policies to all member states through a Regional Workshop.
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.
GuineaRenewables (Confidential)ExpertConsideration of the social and environmental issues of a wind power facility.
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.
Dominican RepublicACP-EU (Safege)Climate Change Preparation of INDCs: Technical assistance and capacity building to prepare INDCs in countries throughout Caribbean. Tasks included: Review of existing methodologies and approaches; Preparation and delivery of a curriculum and training plan; and Preparation of training materials and delivery of regional capacity-building.
SeychellesExpertise France (MWH)Climate ChangeClimate Change Expert Climate Change INDCs: Preparation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions for the Government of Seychelles in advance of its negotiations at the next UNFCCC CoP (21) in Paris.
KuwaitKuwait Petroleum CorporationChairman and SpeakerEnvironmental Sustainability and Climate Change: Session Chairman at Kuwait International HSE Conference and Exhibition and speaker on Environmental Strategies, Policies and Measures for a Healthy Ecosystem.
PeruCIWEMClimate ChangeTechnical assistance at CoP 20 to the water sector on integrating water issues into the negotiating text.
MauritaniaCOMASUD (Sopex)Strategic Environmental and Social AssessmentA Front End Engineering Design for the construction of an integrated sugar complex is being undertaken and requires an ESIA. The main goal of the industrial project is to produce about 145,000 tonnes of white sugar per year from sugar cane, produced locally, to supply the local market. To optimise revenues, a second goal is to transform the by-products of sugar cane, such as molasses, bagasse and so on into value-added products such as ethanol, electricity, fertilisers, cattle feed and so on.
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).
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri LankaEU (Sher)Disaster PreparednessA regional formulation was undertaken of a joint project between the EU and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Disaster Management Centre on disaster preparedness and risk reduction with a focus on hydro-meteorological disasters. The project is to promote best practices at regional, national and, to a lesser extent, at local level, and is to provide for capacity-building to the SAARC-DMC, national DMCs and sub-national implementing institutions to ensure that disaster risk preparedness is mainstreamed.
St HelenaSt Helena Government (IMC)Hazardous Waste ManagementProvision of a technical review of the options in the draft Hazardous Waste Management Assessment Report of the St Helena Government and in particular: Identify and briefly appraise any technological options that may have been missed, Provide estimates for the options included in the report; and Consider the constraints faced on export under the Basel Convention.
Saudi ArabiaAirport AuthorityEnvironmental ManagementProvision of preliminary advice on the requirements for an internationally-compliant environmental plan for King Abdulaziz International Airport which serves the city of Jeddah. Facilities include high-speed rail service, new and expanded Haij terminal, solar generation, desalination and new city infrastructure.
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.
UgandaAgricultureClimate Change AdaptationProvision of advice during the preparation of a USAID Concept Note describing a project to empower rural farmers to undertake sustainable agriculture, in anticipation that this will enhance food security and assist with adapting to climate change by reducing vulnerability and building resilience.
RwandaBTC (Sopex)Mid-Term ReviewMid-Term Review of the Support Programme to the Development of the Forestry Sector in Rwanda to evaluate the project schedule and objectives, appropriateness and feasibility, and potential mid-term corrections. To review the sustainability action plan proposed by the project and, if implemented, the level of expectation concerning the sustainability of the investments. Recommendations concerning whether or not the donor should continue supporting the forestry sector in Rwanda, how should this support be designed and implemented. All this within a traditional focus on relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
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.
PakistanDFID (Coffey)Climate Change and Environment Risk AssessmentDFID Pakistan’s Private Sector Development Approach focuses on enhancing wealth creation opportunities for the poor as a means to generate jobs and tackle the ‘youth bulge’. A new £70m Wealth Creation for the Poor programme is being proposed to focus on sectors that have the ability to enhance the economy’s employment generating capacity and deliver jobs and assets for the transitory poor that are essential for poverty reduction and social stability in Pakistan. A climate change risk assessment was done for the programme; proposing potential risk mitigation strategies against environmental and climatic risks, and develop programmatic interventions; undertaking a mapping exercise and establish clear lines of responsibilities relating to implementing the risk mitigation framework; defining relevant requirements expected of the implementing agent/ contractor to develop and implement an environmental/climate change management plan for the programme; developing appropriate environmental/climate change monitoring and evaluation tools for the programme, and linking these to the programme’s results chain and logframe.
Cook Is., Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Is., Tonga, Tuvalu, VanuatuAsian Development BankRegional Energy AssessmentAssessment of Asian Development Bank's cumulative contribution and support to the energy sector from 2000 to 2011 in Pacific developing member countries under the Pacific Approach by evaluating both energy-related loans, grants, and technical assistance projects and their results in improving the delivery of public goods and services in Pacific countries (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) included selected country visits.
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.
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.
MadagascarCarbonBrakeClimate ChangeDevelopment of a carbon sequestration scheme and climate-resilient forestry working with local partners.
VietnamBTC (Sher)Climate ChangeClimate Change: Formulation Mission to strengthen the capacities of three provinces to apply the national strategy on climate change by covering in a comprehensive and participatory manner the issues related to regional spatial planning, urban planning and water management.
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.
SenegalForestryCarbon ManagementEvaluation of groundnut-briquette making technology to replace charcoal and the use of Jatropha as a biofuel.
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.
NigeriaFederal Ministry of EnvironmentDue DiligencePeer Review of new EIA Sector Guidelines for the Cement and Lime Manufacturing Plants, on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Environment.
NigeriaLAMATADue DiligencePeer review of EIA for a Bus Rapid Transit Scheme in Lagos on behalf of the Lagos Metropolitan Transport Authority.
NigeriaAllison Fisheries Limited (CARES)EIA ~ portScoping, planning and peer review of EIA for a Sugar and Grain Terminal.
CaribbeanDFIDClimate ChangeRapid Climate Change screening of the DFID Caribbean portfolio of programmes/projects and assessment of priorities for interventions.
TanzaniaCARE InternationalClimate ChangeFormulation of Global Climate Change Alliance concept note for arid, semi-arid and plateau situations.
UgandaDFIDHIV/AIDSDeveloped an Environmental Screening Note for a £16 million, four-year HIV/AIDS Programme (2010/11 to 2013/14) to (a) identify and exploit environmental opportunities and benefits of the proposed intervention (b) identify and manage environmental risks associated with the intervention and ensure that appropriate action is taken.
GhanaBritish CouncilClimate ChangeTraining of journalists in how to present climate change within the media including the development of a communications strategy.
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).
GlobalECPeer ReviewEvaluation of Proposals /(Full applications): Call for Proposals for the “Thematic Programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, including Energy”. Assessed several full applications) nearly all of which included assessments of one or more of climate change, REDD, FLEGT, CDM and Disaster Risk Reduction and all included review and assessment of agreements with partner organisations, project formulation, log frames, action plan and/or work-plan drafting, budget drafting etc.
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.
DenmarkWaterClimate ChangeProvision of assistance at COP 15, to the water sector on integrating water issues into the negotiating text.
UgandaECClimate ChangeUpdate the Country Environment Profile and identify ways and means to strengthen EC support to address climate change in Uganda.
JamaicaECDisaster Risk Management ~ bananasDevelopment of macro-level banana/plantain industry strategy for coping with the increased incidence of weather-related disasters, with emphasis on floods and hurricanes.
NigeriaUrban DevelopmentEIA - reclamationPeer review of an EIA for reclaiming coastal land for residential and commercial development.
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.
Saudi ArabiaInvestorsEnvironmental due diligence ~ refineryJubail Export Refinery is to be developed to include an export facility (400,000 barrel per day of Arabian Heavy crude oil from Saudi Arabian fields) with upgrading feedstock to motor fuels and petrochemical feeds (no heavy fuel oil production) and configured as a full-conversion coking facility, producing a limited volume of petrochemical products. The assignment involved review and commenting on of ESIA for marine issues particularly oil spill contingency.
LiberiaMiningEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ dredging and coastal protectionAssignment called for a scoping study to be developed to identify environmental and social impacts associated with the de-silting of the channel into Port Buchanan, Liberia for the purposes of iron ore export. Discussions with government ministries, and stakeholders from the adjacent fishing communities were undertaken and various potential issues identified and mitigations proposed, including potential beach nourishment.
IraqKurdish Regional GovernmentForestryProvision of advice to Kurdistan Regional Government (Prime Minister's Office) in Iraq concerning the application of a Clean Development Mechanism (Kyoto Protocol) for the re-forestation of much of northern Iraq with CDM and non-CDM agro-forestry linked directly to community development and local markets.
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.
MontenegroNGODue diligence of environmental studies ~ master planThe work entailed appraisal of a master planning document concerning the intention to put the country on a sustainable development course. Review and detailed comments made on the document "Montenegro ~ Towards an Ecological State".
EgyptGovernmentStrategic Environmental Assessment ~ National Sustainable Tourism Strategic PlanThis assignment is being undertaken in Egypt on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Development Authority. The tourism target is 25 million visitors by 2020 and is codified in The National Sustainable Tourism Strategic Plan. A key question is whether there is enough capacity in Egypt's natural, historical, cultural, and human resources to sustain the envisaged growth. The assignment explores the capacity of the tourism sector to cope with the expansion target and seeks to understand what may be needed to eliminate or minimise constraints. The study also reviews the existing tourism impacts and considers what future impacts there may be and what strategies could be deployed to minimise those, where and if possible. Because the anticipated tourism growth is expected to be coastally based, the study places emphasis on the coastal and marine resources.
IraqGovernmentIdentification of environmental projects for post conflict situationSupport was provided to a British Trade Mission to the Kurdish Region of Iraq specifically to identify appropriate environmental support identification/development of projects; discussions with Kurdish Regional Government; Ministers of Agriculture, Environment, Interior, Planning, Municipalities; Governors and Chambers of Commerce. Two areas of support are being taken forward; technical assistance to the KRG Ministry of Environment and the development of regional forestry ~ reforestation and agro-forestry.
Burkina Faso, MauritaniaForestrySustainable forestry Development of a carbon sequestration scheme, working with local partners in the far west of Burkina Faso, and in Mauritania.
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.
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.
St Vincent & GrenadinesUK/US ConsultanciesDisaster Preparedness AssessmentCurrent arrangements were assessed for all aspects of disaster preparedness: national and at community level in St Vincent & The Grenadines.
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.
AsiaECRegional Environmental ProfileThe Asia-wide Regional Environmental Profile was required for the preparation of the Regional Strategy Paper and Regional Indicative Programme. It covered: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. The purpose of the strategy was to provide a framework for programming EC multi-country development assistance for Asia-wide programmes; included reviews of all CEPs and relevant activities on MEAs.
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.
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.
Bangladesh, India, NepalOil & GasPolicy advice ~ biodiversityPolicy: Assessment of current/future biodiversity impacts and risks in India, Bangladesh and Nepal; review of current Company practices in safeguarding environmentally sensitive areas and biodiversity conservation; consultation with central/local government; research and university institutes; local conservation/biodiversity organisations; review of current and emerging institutional frameworks, laws and initiatives (international, regional, national) on ESAs and biodiversity conservation; included reviews of relevant activities on MEAs.
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.
KenyaConstruction (Housing)Advice on sustainable water supply, sanitation and renewablesAdvice provided to developer in Kenya for a master plan for low income housing near Mombasa. Specific issues were water supply, re-use & sanitation, energy efficiency, solid water management and other infrastructure requirements.
BelgiumEU AidCoEvaluation of grant applicationsEvaluation of grant applications submitted in response to call for proposals relating to environment and forests - for the following developing countries - Albania, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe: capacity-building, cleaner production, multilateral environmental agreements, biodiversity, and sustainable use of natural and marine/coastal resources.
JamaicaEU AidCoProject Evaluation ~ marine protected area and ecotourismProject evaluation was undertaken in Jamaica - The Self-Sustainability of the Negril Marine Park, Project ENV/B7-6200/98-22 to determine lessons learned over the period of EC project funding (1999 2002). EC wished to be appraised of why most of the activities were delayed and to evaluate the outputs of the project in terms of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability.
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.
Netherlands, NigeriaOil & GasDue diligence ~ LNGWork in the Netherlands and Nigeria involved the assessment of the environmental, social and health consequences of adding three additional trains, on behalf of financial organisations (lenders and export credit agencies). Assessments include site visits, completion of compliance certificates, appraisal of Pre-Completion and Operational Reports and review of Environmental Compliance Reports on a six monthly basis during construction, and annually thereafter.
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.
KuwaitOil & GasEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ wastewater treatmentEIA study for the Effluent Water Transfer System and Minagish Water Injection Plant facilities at West Kuwait. All environmental risks were assessed for the construction/commissioning/operation of the facilities and mitigation measures recommended.
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.
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.
ThailandUK Government (DTI/DETR)Training ~ waste managementSupport to British Trade Mission to Thailand implemented by the Joint Environmental Markets Unit and Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce sponsoring several environmental seminars on waste management to accompany Britain in Thailand: Environment Week held in Bangkok. Invited seminar concerned the establishment of a waste minimisation programme and was attended by at least 120 delegates representing all parts of Thai industry.
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.
IndiaUK Government, DFID, British CouncilCoastal Zone ManagementProvision of technical and management assistance to support Train-the-Trainer workshops and a Short Course in integrated CZM in India were undertaken at Newcastle and at two centres in India (Jadavpur University, Calcutta and Anna University, Chennai) with the progressive handover of the two courses. Involved Indian personnel who (1) already had a role in the management of ICZM projects and/or the training of staff in ICZM improved and extended their capacity to design, organise, implement and deliver training in ICZM and (2) already had role in implementation within ICZM projects built capacity to synthesise all the multi-disciplinary components of CZM to produce an integrated response to ICZM issues.
Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, South AmericaUK Government, DFIDWater Resource AssessmentIdentification of key water-degradation issues in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and South America in different areas/regions/countries that impact the health of the poor. Study analysed root causes, reviewed state of current knowledge, identified gaps in knowledge and understanding, and developed a coherent strategy to improve the specification of future water resource projects.
FYR 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.
KosovoUNDPCapacity-building ~ Environmental effects and actions needed to accommodate refugeesThe crisis in Kosovo required the existing project to consider the environmental effects and actions needed with respect to refugees from Kosovo. Visit to Kosovo to discuss in-country issues and observe at firsthand. In addition, the Project also considered, and built in, gender equality perspectives and the particular circumstances of the Roma community.
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.
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.
Russian FederationWorld Bank, EBRDKomi Emergency Oil Spill Recovery and Mitigation ProjectIn 1994 one of the world's largest oil spills occurred in the Usinsk region of the Komi Republic (Russian Federation) due to leaks from the regional pipeline. Most significant impact was on commercial and domestic fisheries in the local rivers. Other impacts included: loss of habitat for small mammals and water birds, also a significant downstream effect on river communities (eight villages with population of 7000) for potable water and grazing land. Reindeer herds and their migration routes had been affected. A social mitigation plan had been established. Specific role: identification of regional priority environmental socio-economic issues, design of environmental and socio-economic measures; identification of supporting research needs; and evaluation of low-cost bioremediation.
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.
EgyptUK Government, DFIDCapacity-building ~ ministriesThe institution-strengthening/capacity-building, 3-year programme in Egypt included co-ordination, development and delivery of 36 workshops: government line ministries (e.g. Housing, Tourism, Agriculture etc.), governmental agencies and NGOs, major universities and research institutes, and selected industrial sectors; energy, petrochemicals, heavy industry, engineering, mining, agrochemicals, food, oil and soap, and textiles. Workshops included: EIA environmental auditing and management systems, waste management. Selected delegates attended specific study tours to enhance their skills and knowledge, particularly in EIA and in waste management.
BotswanaUK Government, DFIDEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ damsEnvironmental and socio-economic studies undertaken for Department for Water Affairs in Botswana for proposed water storage scheme - benefits and disbenefits of building major dams in the region, and on what the downstream effects would be on water users (irrigation schemes, potable supply, industrial use) if large percentages of the water supply were retained in large dams upstream of the general use areas. Several existing dam s in the region were reviewed and a socio-economic study identified the importance financially, agriculturally and culturally of the dams, particularly small dams, as a focus for stock watering and community interaction.
MontserratUK Government, DFIDEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ airportAssessed potential social and environmental impact of the development of Blackburne airport in Montserrat as part of a wider series of studies (engineering, financial and tourism) for the detailed feasibility of airport development: evaluation of the effects of the development on the Farm River, natural drainage patterns, coastal regime, local flora and fauna, archaeological interest, noise and dust, and on the introduction of pests and diseases. The evaluation indicated that the major impacts of the project were likely to be on land-take, landscape, the Farm River, heritage, certain local communities, transportation and infrastructure. Compensation packages were developed for properties. A sensitive design of the proposed airport built elements was recommended to maintain the infrastructure in keeping with the local architecture. The natural alignment of the Farm River was retained with the use of culverts. A local sugar mill (including, chimney, boiling house and plantation house) was recommended for relocation and an Amerindian village was recommended for excavation prior to construction. A local community would need to be relocated for safety reasons.
OmanUK Government, DFIDEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ harbourOutline feasibility was undertaken to identify potential areas along the northern coast of Oman that could support a new commercial port facility, associated shipping, and also artisanal fisheries. Initial approach to review each potential area along the coast in terms of its access for commercial traffic and its suitability for indigenous fisheries. Then, if various investment threshold criteria were exceeded, an environmental appraisal was made of that option.
MauritiusDFIDEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ cementNew cement handling facilities were being developed for Port Louis, Mauritius - berthing and discharging facilities for the cement vessels, silos for storage of bulk cement, a bagging plant and associated transportation and distribution facilities. Issues: land take, noise, dust, and cross contamination with other bulk-stored cargoes. Three options identified and assigned a coarse rating to each according to the potential environmental impact and relative sensitivity.
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.
Trinidad & TobagoIADBCZMThe Ministry of Environment, Trinidad & Tobago required a study to assess the islands' natural resource base and to consider its environmental protection needs. Development opportunities of the resources were recognised, both for revenue earning capacity as a major export and also as a tourism opportunity. Various ministries, government departments and agencies with an interest in, or a duty for, the management of individual resources were identified. Existing information on the natural resource base was collated and mapped - identifying the primary natural resources, legislation that was available to protect those resources and whether that legislation was effective. Additional methods of environmental protection were proposed.
DominicaCDBEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ marinaAssessed the potential environmental and social risks of a marina development at Indian River, Portsmouth in Dominica as part of a wider series of studies (engineering, financial and tourism) that was addressing the entire feasibility of tourism implementation plans. Tasks - an evaluation of the effects of the proposed facilities on the hydraulic behaviour of the Indian River, the coastal regime into which the river discharges, the flora and fauna within the environment that would be affected, and the cost of mitigation measures. During the course of the study the hydraulic nature of the river was described as was the local ecology and conservation interest in the area. The scenic quality was qualitatively assessed. Likely effects of both the construction and operational phases of the development were identified and in particular an assessment was made of the key impacts - ecology, erosion, dredging activity (spoil dispersal), noise, landscape, drainage, transportation and socio-economic conditions. Mitigation plan developed and costed to safeguard ecology, landscape, local economy and culture.
TurkeyWorld BankTraining ~ EIAProgramme, on behalf of Dept Water Supply/Sewerage in Turkey entailed the production of extensive and comprehensive information on EIA techniques and application in a Turkish context. Several modules dealing with legislation, techniques, analytical methods, project management, and monitoring protocols. A comprehensive set of topic notes was prepared and illustrated through the use of case studies (on a new dam in NW Turkey).
Turks and Caicos IslandsUK Government, DFIDEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ airportPart of a feasibility study to review the existing airport infrastructure of the Turks and Caicos, national structure plan and tourist development options. Various airport options on five different islands were reviewed in terms of potential environmental impact. Appraisal considered ecology, waste disposal, cultural and noise issues and ranked the various topics in relation to each option, from the least to the most sensitive. Several sensitive receptors within the locality of each development option including mangrove swamps, sea grass beds, coral reefs, residential communities and wilderness-value environments. The outcome determined that no new site was available for an international airport. Consequently, the existing airports were considered for runway extensions to allow international traffic to use them. The extensions were designed taking into account environmental mitigation as developed through the appraisal process.
Barbados, JamaicaUK GovernmentCZMAdaptive strategies to environmental stress in relation to environmental change in brackish water systems (Baltic Sea) and coral reefs (Jamaica and Barbados). In parallel, other studies included fish censusing as part of a programme to investigate overfishing problems; the impact of development on island natural resources and economies, and plankton investigations (time-series) as part of understanding the energy budgets of coral reefs.
Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lao, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Sao Tomé and Principe, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican CityEuropean/UK/US ConsultanciesMarket Surveillance and Business DevelopmentThe support offered has been given at one or more stages of the project cycle: Prequalification, Expressions of Interest, Consultant Selection, Technical Proposals, Tendering, Contract Award, Local/in-country Office set-up, Project Management and Billing. Specific sectors have included: oil & gas, industrial (integrated pollution prevention and control) Municipal (planning guidance) and climate change (mitigation, adaptation, vulnerability, and low carbon development potential).
GuatemalaUK/US ConsultanciesMarket SurveillanceThe support offered has been given at one or more stages of the project cycle: Prequalification, Expressions of Interest, Consultant Selection, Technical Proposals, Tendering, Contract Award, Local/in-country Office set-up, Project Management and Billing. Specific sectors have included: oil & gas, industrial (integrated pollution prevention and control) Municipal (planning guidance) and climate change (mitigation, adaptation, vulnerability, and low carbon development potential).
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