The Strategic Environmental Assessment ( SEA ) of the Integrated Transport Plan ( ITP ) is one of the chief constituents of the Transport Sector Planning and Integration Programme ( TSPIP ) . which is supported by the European Union.
The other constituents of the TSPIP are:
? A conveyance sector integrating program that provides the strategic model and action programs to back up the procedure of conveyance integrating in Ghana over the short. medium and long-run ( provisionally 5. 10 and 20 old ages ) ; ? A set of indexs enabling the sector to supervise its public presentation ; ? Technical aid to better sector public finance direction ; ? Technical aid to back up policy execution and planning in the sector ; ? Capacity Building at the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Roads & A ; Highways.
The TSPIP is expected to supply a sound planning model for the conveyance sector. informing the sector’s service and investing precedences. run intoing the demands stemming from economic development. regional integrating and societal coherence. as defined in the national development docket and at ECOWAS degree.
On 22nd December 2008. M/s Mott MacDonald Ltd. in association with Municipal Development Collaborative Ltd. was awarded the contract to transport out the SEA of the Integrated Transport Plan. The survey is being carried out under the supervising of the Ministry of Roads & A ; Highways.
Focus of SEA of the ITP
The overall aim of the SEA of the ITP is to mainstream environmental considerations into conveyance sector planning. The term “environment” in relation to this SEA covers the natural. physical. socio-economic. socio-cultural and institutional environments in which determinations are made ( ref. SEA of GPRS. 2004 )
The specific aim of the SEA is to turn to the environmental issues associated with the Integrated Transport Plan.
The SEA survey will present the followers:
? An appraisal of the potentially important environmental issues originating out of the proposed ITP ; ? An appraisal of the chances to promote/enhance environmental conditions and hazards that lead to unsustainable results ; ? Recommendations for extenuating or complementary steps.
The SEA attack will affect important stakeholder audience throughout the procedure. placing jobs. issues and options. every bit good as extenuation steps. The added benefit of this attack is that it will supply an component of capacity edifice among all the stakeholders involved and will lend to inter-ministerial and inter-departmental cooperation.
In the absence of formal regulative counsel for SEA in Ghana. this SEA is guided by current Ghana EPA patterns and processs. the EU SEA Directive. and the Transport Analysis Guidance Unit 2. 11 on Strategic Environmental Assessment for Transport Plans and Programmes ( December 2004 ) . every bit good as OECD SEA Guidelines ( 2006 ) .
The Inception stage was carried out in Feburary and March 2009. The origin stage activities included reexamining informations and studies in order to be able to to the full understand the current state of affairs with respect to the conveyance sector and any proposed hereafter programs. and reexamining and depicting the institutional. legal and regulative model applicable to the conveyance sector and the strategic environmental appraisal.
The Inception Report was submitted in early March. The study highlighted alterations to the attack and workplan for the SEA necessitated by the position of the advancement of the readying of the Integrated Transport Plan. The study besides noted disagreements and divergences. and proposed a manner frontward to enable the SEA to present recommendations to guarantee that the overall sustainability of the TSPIP.
The SEA Process
The procedure of the SEA of the ITP will imply the undermentioned stages:
? Scoping ? Analysis ? Environmental Strategy and Reporting
All the above will affect a series of stakeholder workshops and concentrate group treatments to advance buy-in and ownership by the stakeholders and supply the needful feedback to the ITP procedure and end products.