Case Studies

Developing a regulatory framework

SEPA provided support to the Cypriot Government to develop a national environmental permitting and inspection agency.

The project involved a major modernisation of systems and processes used in environmental regulation in Cyprus to improve the overall environmental performance of the country. SEPA worked in partnership with the Cypriot Authorities to develop a constitutional and regulatory framework for an integrated environmental permitting and inspection system by meeting with stakeholders in Cyprus, reviewing the different approaches that were available and finally delivering workshops in country to present the proposed new institutional framework and final recommendations.

This project was funded by the European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service.

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A strategic approach to environmental assessment

SEPA provided technical support to the Government of Malta to evaluate the current approach taken to Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), provide expertise, exchange knowledge through training, and develop a plan for the improved application of the SEA Directive in Malta.

Land is a scarce commodity on the island-state of Malta, and increasing development has put pressure on valued cultural and natural heritage. Although Malta already adopts a very detailed and prescriptive approach to spatial planning and policy development, it was recognised that opportunity existed to improve the efficiency and consistency of delivery.

SEPA conducted in-country research with authorities and stakeholders to assess current SEA practice, and used this to inform a workshop held in Malta to bring all stakeholders involved in the process together to work in a more collaborative and inclusive way. Facilitated discussions from the workshop and conversations about local experience from stakeholders led to the creation of guidance which provided recommendations for the effective implementation of the SEA Directive, as well as fostering closer links between Authorities in Malta to create a shared understanding of the process going forward.

This project was funded by the European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service.

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Safeguarding marine and freshwater environments

The States of Jersey boasts some of the finest agriculture land in the world. However, the Government has recognised that the island suffers from high levels of nitrate, affecting its marine and freshwater environment. One of the main sources of this problem is through farming and the excess application of fertilisers to potato crops.

Jersey has developed a Water Management Plan to address this problem. SEPA were commissioned to review this plan and determine whether the outlined measures being taken to address the nitrate levels in Jersey’s water supply are achievable and sufficient to address the problem. The report concluded that the ambitious plan set out by the Minister benchmarked well against best practice of the control of nitrates and highlighted how farmers can make their businesses more economically efficient while improving the quality of their local environment.

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Managing waste as a resource

SEPA supported the Macedonian Government to develop a National Waste Management Plan (NWMP) (2018-2024) that was fully compliant with relevant EU legislation. Information on EU best practice regarding preparation of a NWMP as well as the implementation was also provided during delivery of this project.

The NWMP was designed to be in accordance with the 7th EU Environmental Action Plan Programme and includes details on the following:

  • Required activities and tasks of individual stakeholders
  • Tasks and timetables for implementation
  • Human resource requirements
  • Institutional arrangements and financial resources

As part of the process, SEPA completed a legal review of the landscape in Macedonia to ensure that recommendations of a suitable legal structure, along with transposition of legislation and permitting and inspection regimes could be considered from an early stage in the process.

SEPA also worked with local Authorities to design regional waste management plans that act as a delivery mechanism of the national plan, providing strategic support and guidance.

This project was enabled by the European Commission’s TAIEX programme.

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