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Environmental Assessment in Countries in Transition

E. Bellinger C. George N. Lee A. Paduret
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This is a report on the regulations and practices relating Environmental Assessment in Countries in Transition. It is based on papers and proceedings of a Workshop in Budapest in July 1996 and up-dated to take into account a number of developments up to the Autumn of 1997. The countries included were Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The papers dealt with the nature and scope of environmental assessment, its historical evolution and the characteristics of countries in transition which are of relevance to EA development and implementation. The report is divided into four sections. Part 1. is an introduction to Environmental Assessment in countries in transition. Part 2. contains individual country studies on environmental assessment, legislation and practice. Part 3. examines a number of leading issues concerning the operation, effectiveness and training requirements for environmental assessment. Finally, Part 4. introduces overall conclusions and recommendations.

This report should be of interest to EA practitioners in public administration; development and consultant organizations; training and educational and research institutes; and international and bilateral aid agencies. Project level EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) and, to a lesser extent, SEA ( Strategic Environmental Assessment) for planning and other strategic-level actions have been, or are being, introduced in the great majority of countries in transition (CIT). As yet, however, most of the countries have only limited experience in formulating "state of the art" EIA regulations and applying them satisfactorily. Furthermore, such experiences in CITs that do exist are not yet sufficiently well-documented and widely disseminated.

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