As part of a complete Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) procedure, series of scoping workshop for the MP3EI (Master Plan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia's Economic Development) are held at six Economic Corridors (EC) during the 2nd to the 4th week of March 2014. The workshops are meant to confirm findings and pre-analysis made from the earlier pre-scoping workshops held in October last year. Together with Bappenas (National Development Planning Agency) as the chair of the MP3EI Connectivity Working Group, ESP3 supports the implementation of the workshops, where KLH (Ministry of Environment), Menko (Coordinating Ministry) Economy, KP3EI (Committee on Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia's Economy) play active roles in providing required information and ensuring that SEA process and procedures are well-followed.
Following the Inception Phase in the second semester of 2013, ESP3 Programme has entered into activities implementation in Central Java province. It was marked by the signing of bilateral commitment to support ESP3 implementation on Thursday, February 13 2014 between HE. Martin Bille Hermann, Danish Ambassador to Indonesia and HE. H.Ganjar Pranowo, the Governor of Central Java. The purpose of the signing is to state the commitment of cooperation under the program as continuation of agreement between Government of Indonesia and Government of Denmark signed in 2013, and ceremoniously starts the implementation in the target province Central Java.
In 2011, the Government of Indonesia introduced the first version of the for the execution of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Master Plan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia Economic Development 2011-2025 (MP3EI). These documented initiatives comprise the collection of strategies and investment goals which aim to achieve economic connectively and accelerated growth in Indonesia.
It was realised, however, that the envisaged level of development needed to consider social and environmental factors to assure the overall vision of sustainability. Thus, along with other initiatives, Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was chosen as a method for realizing the required level of integrated policy and planning development. It is also noteworthy that SEA is required by Indonesian legislation1 for policy, planning and program development.