OIL AND GAS EXPLOITATION, SENEGAL HAS A STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL ASSESSMENT

OIL AND GAS EXPLOITATION, SENEGAL HAS A STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL ASSESSMENT
OIL AND GAS EXPLOITATION, SENEGAL HAS A STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL ASSESSMENT

The announcement of the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (ESSA) of the oil and gas sector in Senegal marks a significant step in the responsible management of these natural resources. Initiated in 2021 with the support of the World Bank, this assessment aims to anticipate and manage environmental and social impacts in a sustainable manner. The provisional report of the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (ESSA) of the oil and gas sector was presented on Tuesday, May 7 in Dakar to all stakeholders.

The EESS is part of a rigorous framework, compliant with the strictest international standards, and involves all stakeholders. Its objective is to identify and assess the risks and potential impacts of oil and gas activities, while integrating environmental, social and economic concerns.

The EESS recommendations are ambitious, including the adoption of framework laws, the establishment of specific environmental standards and the establishment of multi-sectoral governance. Particular emphasis is placed on transparency, citizen participation and the implementation of impact mitigation measures.

Criticism has been raised regarding certain shortcomings of the SESA, notably its reversed process and its failures to address certain key environmental issues. Voices from civil society have called for a thorough review of the report to ensure its robustness and effectiveness.

In response to these concerns, the authorities have committed to taking into account all relevant comments in the final version of the SESA. A validation and amendment process is planned to ensure that the roadmap is complete, operational and complies with national and international regulations.

The EESS represents a crucial opportunity for Senegal to establish a solid environmental, social and economic framework for the oil and gas sector. Its success will depend on the continued engagement of stakeholders and the political will to implement its recommendations in a spirit of openness and transparency.


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