Technical Workshop for Strategic Environmental Assessment of Road Development Plans in Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra
The United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office Jakarta coordinates the development of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the cumulative effects of the road development plans in Bukit Barisan Mountain Range in the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS), which will contribute to the efforts towards the removal of the TRHS from the World Heritage In Danger list.
SEA is a tool for incorporating environmental considerations along with social and economic considerations into policies, plans, programmes and strategies. SEA has the advantage of assessing impacts at a landscape and regional scale before individual projects are decided upon; it is applied at the very earliest stages of decision making both to help formulate policies and programmes and to assess their potential development effectiveness and sustainability.
UNESCO Jakarta Office is thus coordinating the development of the SEA in TRHS through two interrelated steps:
1. Three baseline studies on the ecological, socio-economic and legal effects respectively of the road development plans in TRHS.
2. A comprehensive SEA for the cumulative effects of the road development plans in the Bukit Barisan Mountain Range (where TRHS is located), based on the results of the baseline studies.
As the SEA study has come to an end, it is important to share its results and recommendations with stakeholders in order to receive feedback, inputs and develop the strategy to incorporate the results into a final report. The results of the SEA and the recommendations provided within this assessment will be submitted by the Government of Indonesia to the World Heritage Center as the key tools and long-term strategy for management of this Natural World Heritage site. This is part of the requirements by the World Heritage Committee for its removal from the In Danger list.