SEA of the 11th EDF Programme's Focal Sector Agriculture in Swaziland
The Government of Swaziland and stakeholders in the agricultural sector are implementing the 11th EDF1 Programme for agriculture, with financial support from the European Union. The 11th EDF covers the 2014–2020 period. It was foreseen under the National Indicative Programme (NIP) that a Strategic Environmental Assessment be conducted ‘to better understand the most relevant environmental parameters integrating as well the climate change dimension’. Given that the 11th EDF and its three core projects rely on scarce land and water resources, an SEA is also recommended based on the EU’s Guidelines on the Integration of Environment and Climate Change in Development Cooperation.
This SEA is expected to help integrate environmental, social, and climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in the preparation, implementation, and monitoring of the 11th EDF–Agriculture and its three core projects.