As everyone filed into the meeting room, they stopped to greet familiar faces. Some shook hands, others gave friendly waves, wai’s or pats on the back. Diverse voices and backgrounds filled the venue. Five countries. A vast range of ministries, government agencies. NGOs, community organizations. But through the process of creating this group, the 25 members had gotten to know each other. They had begun reaching a better understanding of each other’s countries, sectors and viewpoints. And they made friends, despite geographic or ideological boundaries. The Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is ready to change how things are done the region.
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