Post-Crisis Integrated Strategic Environmental Assessment (Post-Crisis Integrated SEA) is an ap- proach that emerged from the post-crisis settlement and development process of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka after 33 years of conflict. There was an urgent need to facilitate the process to ‘build back better’ and an opportunity to ensure environmental sustainability, and reduce disaster and climate risks, through an information-led multi-stakeholder dialogue. This process was led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) (2009-2013), with support from UN Environment. Subse-quently, the Post-Crisis Integrated SEA process was carried forward by UN Environment by a two and a half year project (2016-2018) that documented lessons learned in Sri Lanka and promoted further uptake and sustainability of lessons learned and good environmental practices. Funded by the United Nations Development Account (UNDA) and the Government of Norway, the project built national capacities in Sri Lanka, Côte d’Ivoire and Nepal to apply Post-Crisis Integrated SEA.
This Guidance Note was drafted to document lessons learned from the experiences in the three project countries, and to outline key methodological principles for conducting Integrated SEAs in post-crisis countries. It builds on principles and guidance established by the Organization for Eco- nomic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) publication, Applying Strategic Environmental Assessment, Guidance publication (OECD, 2006) and the OECD publication, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Post-Conflict Development (OECD, 2010b). It provides additional experience in applying the OECD principles to post-crisis situations through three case studies: post-conflict Northern Province of Sri Lanka, post-earthquake Nepal and post-crisis Côte d’Ivoire, applied to the municipality of San-Pédro, the second largest port for exporting cocoa, which was heavily affected by flooding.