Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment
The Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment is a non-profit Environmental Trust, whose mission is to support sustainable development in Southern Africa through promoting the effective and efficient use of Environmental Assessment as a planning tool. SAIEA provides strategic support to SADC, governments, local authorities, development agencies, NGO's and private sector clients, who are increasingly aware of the need to incorporate Environmental Assessment (EA) as an integral part of their planning. Most of the countries in the region have recently developed laws that make EA mandatory for a wide range of activities. In response to market demand, a great number of EA consultancy firms have established themselves, but governments and local authorities have limited capacity to review the high volume of reports they receive. Consequently, complex technical studies often end up as reports that gather dust. Unless these studies result in more informed decision-making, EA cannot fulfil its potential as a key tool in the promotion of sustainable development. SAIEA was established to provide an independent, professional support service to the authorities and other stakeholders in the region.