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Integrated Strategic Environment Assessment for the Northern Province of Sri Lanka: Lessons learned

Participants with the Minster of Environment, Northern Province and provincial staff

Project title: Integrated Strategic Environment Assessment for the Northern Province of Sri Lanka (ISEA-North): Lessons learned

Location: Northern Sri Lanka

Duration: 30 June 2016 to 30 November 2017

Project Background:

In 2009, UNEP and UNDP supported Sri Lanka to carry out the ‘Integrated strategic environment assessment for the northern province (ISEA-North).’ The objective of ISEA-North was to ensure that the resettlement and new development activities in the Northern Region are sustainable and cause minimum damage to natural resources. The project was coordinated by the Central Environment Authority (CEA) and Disaster Management Centre (DMC) with UNDP project management support. The ISEA-North process brought a large number of agencies into a single network where information was shared and discussed and land use decisions were made in a consultative manner. The consultative process and multi-agency cooperation aspects of the ISEA-North process have been highlighted internationally, especially by UNEP and UNDP. (Key documents related to ISEA-North can be found under the Downloads and Links section on the right-hand side of this page.)

After six years, UNEP and IUCN Sri Lanka are collaborating on an effort to document the ISEA-North process and experience in detail, so that the lessons learned can be used locally and globally. The two-year project, which started in March 2016, seeks to share best practices for applying ISEAs in a post-crisis context, as well as to facilitate and support implementation of ISEA in two other countries: Côte’ d’Ivoire and Nepal. ISEA best practices will be drawn from the experiences in Sri Lanka, Côte d’Ivoire and Nepal and will be shared through south-south learning and collaboration between countries in Africa and Asia

Objectives of the project:

To document the ISEA-North process and experience in detail, so that the lessons learned can be used locally and globally as a post-disaster or post-conflict ’building back better’ approach, with sustainability and resilience mainstreamed in planning.

Expected Outputs:

  • Lessons learned report of ISEA-North implementation
  • Report on the study tour by Côte’ d’Ivoire and Nepal in Sri Lanka

Donor:  UNEP

Partners: Central Environment Authority (CEA) and Disaster Management Centre (DMC)

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