Capacity Development and Linkages for Environmental Assessment in Africa (CLEAA)

Capacity Development and Linkages for Environmental Assessment in Africa (CLEAA) is an indigenous, pan-African network that promotes and builds capacity for Environmental Assessment and Management (EA&M) processes and tools to support sustainable development in Africa. Composed of a set of independent, sub-regional EA professional associations and collaborating institutions, CLEAA has been a key implementing partner of the work of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and has received special recognition from the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) for its capacity-building efforts.

CLEAA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization registered in Namibia as Trust No. T113/08. It has a Board of Trustees comprised of volunteers who are committed to advancing its goals of building capacity in Africa.

CLEAA’s projects are currently supported by various donors and partners, and we hope to attract corporate support in the future so that more projects can be undertaken.

CLEAA's website is currently undergoing revisions and updates. During this time, the archived version of the site is still available at

Strategic Focus

CLEAA activities are organized into five focus areas:

  1. Training and Education to provide instruction in EA&M theory and practice.
  2. Human Resource Development to enhance the skills and experience of EA&M practitioners and administrators.
  3. Policy Development to support the development of more effective and financially sustainable national EA&M systems.
  4. Awareness and Constituency-Building to improve national commitments to employing EA&M in achieving environmentally sustainable development.
  5. Strengthening Networks to encourage focus areas and strengthen EA&M capacity and practice.


CLEAA reaches out to the following stakeholders:

  1. Public Sector (national): Government officials, decision-makers, and advisors responsible for promoting and implementing EA&M for both public- and private-sector development activities.
  2. Public Sector (regional): Officials of the African Union and Regional Economic Communities who provide strategic direction and develop regional protocols, policies, programmes, and plans that have developmental and environmental impacts.
  3. Private Sector: Developers and consultants involved in applying EA&M to specific projects.
  4. Civil Society: NGOs, CBOs and others participating in EA studies as Interested and Affected Parties.

Network and Contacts
CLEAA’s strength lies in its network of collaborating institutions and committed individuals, each one independent but sharing common values and ideals. To register as a CLEAA collaborating network, please contact any of the following three Trustees:

Chair: Prof. Hussein Sosovele
University of Dar es Salaam Institute of Resource Assessment
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Email:

Deputy Chair: Prof. Dieudonné Bitondo
Secretary of the Secretariat
Environmental Assessment in Central Africa Yaoundé

Trustee: Dr. Peter Tarr
Executive Director
Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA)