Adopting new regional SEA legislation in Russia
Presented on the special thematic meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment "International experience and perspectives in SEA" • 26-30 Sept 2005 • Prague, Czech Republic
Russian legislation contains formal requirements for SEA in two administrative procedures – assessment of environmental impacts and environmental review. In practice both procedures usually neglected, especially for legal acts. Major reason is that there is no order of laws passing through assessment. To fill this gap, a draft law of «Order of preparation of laws, programs and legal acts which can have negative environmental consequences» has been prepared in Murmansk by a group of NGOs.
The draft law includes following mechanisms:
screening procedure for proposed legal acts;
assessment of environmental impacts to be conducted for selected legal acts;
informing public and NGOs to in the course of impact assessment;
public discussion in the course of impact assessment;
obligation of state authorities to pay for state environmental review.
Screening is based upon combined «black list», «expert decision» and «public request» approaches. In black list 9 key areas of legal regulation has been outlined which are of potential significant impact on environment and public health.
Now the Murmansk draft law is in the process of adoption by a regional Parliament.
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