SEMINAR ON STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
The seminar on strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in municipal development and business game on development of disturbed lands usage strategies were held on the environmental section of Laboratory of social initiatives / Social Lab-2016 (http://sociallab.city/) on December 13, 2016.
The seminar and business game were organized by InEcA-consulting, LLC with the support of Project of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, United Nations Development Program and Global Environmental Facility «The objectives of biodiversity conservation in politics and development programs of Russian energy sector»: http://bd-energy.ru/.
The presentations on strategic environmental planning, benefits of use the SEA and information about SEA implementation in Novokuznetsk municipal district and results of economic assessment of ecosystem services were presented during the seminar (http://ineca.ru/?dr=about/news/2016/11/28&pg=01.
The business game was based on data, reflecting the environment and economic situation on the territory of Novokuznetsk municipal district. According to the participants feedback: it was engrossing and dynamic real strategic planning with using the SEA tools.
The business game participants were divided into 5 teams: 4 teams were played the role of project developers and one team was presented by environmental experts. Each team of project designers received the cartographical documents, made on the base of satellite images and scheme of land-use planning; counter kit with graphic images of business activity and the SEA materials: environmental and economic territory description, the list of recommended economic usage of land disturbed during the coal mining after its rehabilitation. The business game participants had to work out the recommendations for prospective development territory after disturbed land rehabilitation.
The participants were inspired because the game results would be in demand in further strategic development. About 70 people took part in the seminar and the business game – representatives of different organizations and field of activities: representatives of local authority and business of Novokuznetsk municipal district, professors of Novokuznetsk branch-institute of Kemerovo state University; representatives of control environmental institutions, non-governmental organizations and initiative local communities, experts of economic assessment of ecosystem services from Yaroslavl, representatives of the United Nations Development Program and Global Environmental Facility and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Russian Federation “The objectives of biodiversity conservation in politics and development programs of Russian energy sector” (Moscow, Kemerovo). Experts’ presentations, group discussion and communication during the coffee-breaks – all was devoted to the issues of strategic environmental assessment.