|Handbook on Environmental Assessment Legislation in
the SADC Region launched on the SAIEA website
The Southern African Development Community's Policy and Strategy for Environment and Sustainable Development (1996) calls for a breakaway from fragmented sectoral approaches to environmental management and urges the region to pursue a single agenda and strategy to achieve the consistent integration of EIA in decision making. Since then, great strides have been made in formalising EIA into the legal frameworks of all SADC countries: with the exception of the DRC, all SADC countries now have promulgated or have working draft laws on EIA.
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) therefore commissioned SAIEA to develop a handbook specifically on EIA legislation for the SADC region. The aim is to make this document web-based so that it can be updated annually to reflect the ongoing changes. Indeed, as this Handbook was being compiled, both Lesotho and Namibia are expecting the imminent promulgation of new EIA laws.
This Handbook is intended for use by prospective developers, donor agencies, government authorities, NGOs and environmental assessment practitioners, or anyone who wants to find out about EIA legislation and the administrative arrangements for EIA in each SADC country. Unlike the 2003 SAIEA book this Handbook only provides the basic facts about the legal and administrative systems in each country, without any further analysis on EIA practice.
Please click here to view the SADC handbook.News Archive