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Building capacity on EIA Review – A continuous support and commitment from the LC’s International Development Partners to the enhancement of the effectiveness of EIA Process in Vietnam and the region

Building capacity on EIA Review – A continuous support and commitment from the LC’s International Development Partners to the enhancement of the effectiveness of EIA Process in Vietnam and the region

In collaboration with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and with great support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Vietnam Learning Center on Environmental and Social Sustainability (LC) has successfully organized a training workshop on Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment Review (PEIAR) from 17 to 20 April, 2017 in Hanoi.

This course is one of many capacity building activities which have been implemented by the Learning Center within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Asian Institute of Technology Center in Vietnam (AITCV) and its international development partners, including the initial financial support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT/Australian Embassy), USAID, WB and ADB since April, 2015.  

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The training program attracted more than 30 participants from different countries in the region, including Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, China, Japan and South Korea. They are from different organizations and have different background education, but only one mutual interest in obtaining a better understanding of the safeguards policies and practices in EIA review. During the training course, principles of international EIA review process and the ones of the United States and Vietnam were introduced and compared which help participants better understand of the international donor safeguard policies and guidelines and enable them to have a comparative snapshot of with the ones of Vietnam and their own country. Thanks to the participatory learning approach, using modern facilitating techniques, participants were encouraged to actively participate in all training activities, raise questions and share ideas with others.

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Generally, owning to the great effort, professionalism and enthusiasm from the U.S. EPA-Vietnam joint Facilitating Team members and the LC’s leaders and staff, and the active participation from the learners the training program achieved its overall objective highly satisfied participants and related international development partners.

In respond to the needs of the environmental practitioners in the region, the LC is planning to open other PEIARs in July. For further information about this course or the LC’s upcoming courses, please contact Ms. Pham Thi Thanh Thuy at her cellphone: +84 983437728; or Email: pthuy@aitcv.ac.vn


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