Improved environmental and climate change management by the national environmental agency

    The new Law on Environmental Protection has expanded the tasks of the National Environmental Agency (NEA), to include permitting, environmental impact assessment, public information and liability principle. These tasks are not only new but also very demanding therefore NEA requires further support.

    IBECA aims at enabling NEA and its field offices to undertake permitting and environmental impact assessments, to ensure follow-up to liable cases, and to monitor and survey the environment in order to provide reliable data necessary for developing environmental policy.

    Capacity Building & Training

    Both the Ministry and the NEA receive capacity building in the form of transfer of experience and know-how. Staff is trained so they are able to perform their tasks. IBECA provides on-the-job training, theoretical seminars and workshops, and study visits that meet the needs of these two institutions

    New Structures and Procedures

    NEA requires new institutional structures in order to carry out the new tasks. It also needs to establish new working procedures to ensure efficiency. The project is assisting by reconfiguring new structures within NEA and the Ministry that coordinate with each other. Each policy directorate at the Ministry is being matched with a new unit/structure at NEA to support and implement that policy. Clearly defined roles and responsibilities for staff and experts in the new structures are established. Guidelines and procedures are provided on how to carry out permitting and impact assessments.

    Liability Concept

    IBECA assists the National Environmental Agency in adopting the concept of environmental liability. Priority is given to liability for damages caused to those natural resources that are of highest interest to the public and are protected by environmental legislation. Assistance include skills and procedures on how to make assessments and establish ways to repair, restore and compensate for damages done to natural resources.

    Accreditation of Lab Personnel

    As a follow up to the practical training provided to laboratory personnel, the project is also developing accreditation standards. This is done by participating in proficiency testing schemes and in adopting internationally recognised methods.