ENCAP Training Courses

To date, ENCAP has developed or helped support the development of five courses for USAID and Partner staff, and a Fellowship Program in Environmental Assessment for young African environmental professionals. Summaries of each appear below. More information (including all course presentations and resource materials) are available by following the links in each summary.

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Africa Regional Course in Environmental Assessment and Environmentally Sound Design and Management for Small-scale Activities (ESDM Training)

The “Environmental Assessment and Environmentally Sound Design and Management” (EA-ESDM) course is a 4–5 day, field-focused training for USAID partner organizations. It teaches basic EA skills, how to apply these skills to the development of IEEs or sub-project environmental reviews required by USAID Environmental Procedures, and how to integrate the EA into project design and implementation to improve project outcomes.

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Life of Project Environmental Compliance and Environmentally Sound Design and Management

This is an intensive, participatory, field-focused training of 3.5–4.5 days for USAID Mission personnel and activity partners in compliance with USAID’s mandatory environmental procedures and in the objectives of these procedures: environmentally sound design and management (ESDM) of USAID’s activities.

It addresses environmental compliance and ESDM throughout life-of-project (LOP), with a particular focus on the design of environmental mitigation and monitoring measures, their implementation, and follow-through.

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USAID Environmental Procedures and Mainstreaming Environmental Considerations in Development Programs: Regional USAID Staff Training

This training course, often called the "Regional USAID Staff Training" is a 4- or 5-day course for approximately 30-40 participants. The course provides USAID staff with an understanding of how to apply USAID environmental procedures and to integrate environmental considerations into development programs. The course homepage gives access to extensive reference and resource material.

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Improving Success Rates for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Through Cleaner Production (MSME Training)

This 3–4 day field-focused training targets business development services (BDS) providers serving SMEs. It focuses on building basic Cleaner Production (CP) skills to (1) identify inefficiencies in SME production processes and (2) evaluate the business case for options to reduce these inefficiencies. The result is reduced waste and improved profitability and environmental performance.

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IPM, Safer Pesticide Use, Pesticides Compliance, and Food Standards

This 2–3 day training is highly customized to the crops and export markets most relevant to participants. It addresses IPM and safer pesticide use in the context of compliance with USAID Pesticide Procedures and key food/agricultural standards for export markets.

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Professional Development (PD) Fellowship program for Africans in environmental impact assessment

Since 2001, ENCAP has supported a Professional Development Fellowship Program for young African Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) professionals. The program is administered by the Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA) and the East African Association for Impact Assesment (EAAIA) under the umbrella of CLEAA, a pan-African association of EIA associations and institutions). Program fellows learn by doing, participating in a professional EIA team, applied training and/or appropriately tailored engagement for a period of 2 to 6 months to gain practical EIA experience in specialized fields of their own choosing. The fellowships cover travel, lodging, meals, and other associated expenses during this period.

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Assessing the ENCAP EA-ESDM Training Series

ENCAP has so far offered over 35 training courses in Environmental Assessment (EA) and Environmentally Sound Design and Management (ESDM). In 2003, a review of ENCAP achievements and lessons was carried out for the period 1995 – 2003.

This survey is a collaborative effort of Pact Kenya and the International Resources
Group/Cadmus Group to evaluate and document the effectiveness of delivery of ENCAP courses in Africa. The survey is meant to provide essential feedback from ENCAP participants as a basis for assessing skills transfer and use, ESDM tools /checklist application and participants’ post-training field experiences; determine the level of interest among the ENCAP participants in networking and information sharing; and illustrate opportunities for strengthening existing and potential networks and information sharing among ESDM course participants. The data on which this survey relies was collected from 40 past ENCAP course participants using an open-ended semi-structured questionnaire administered via email.


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