Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment

The Sustainability Advice programme is facilitated by the secretariat of the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment (NCEA). The NCEA is an independent expert body that provides advisory services and capacity development on environmental assessment.


In international cooperation, the NCEA operates under an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1993, with a special focus on countries eligible for Dutch International Cooperation. In addition, the NCEA also works in several other countries, under agreement with donors such as the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Dutch Embassies, the World Bank, European Union, etc. In international cooperation, the work of NCEA consists of the following activities:

  • Advice on Terms of Reference for and reviews of environmental assessments of plans, programmes and projects (EIA/SEA);
  • Capacity development of systems and institutions to improve the environmental assessment practice;
  • Knowledge and learning resources on environmental assessment.


In the Netherlands, the Commission has a legal status to act as an independent advisor since 1987, issuing non-binding advice to government agencies responsible for environmental assessments.