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The proposed Environmental and Social Framework builds on the decades-old safeguard policies and aims to consolidate them into a more modern, unified framework that is more efficient and effective to apply and implement.
'The Bank's environmental and social policies are key to ensure the projects we fund benefit and protect people and the environment,' said
The proposal aims to maintain and build on existing protections, including the enhanced protection of disadvantaged and vulnerable people, Indigenous Peoples, communities and the environment, including provisions for pest management, dam and road safety, natural habitats, and cultural heritage. It also highlights the importance of non-discrimination.
'We are proposing to extend the existing protections for Indigenous Peoples and introduce Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Indigenous Peoples,' said
'The proposed framework would also strengthen the conservation of biodiversity, taking the existing safeguard policy on natural habitats and forests and introducing more stringent requirements, as well as more clarity on how risks and adverse impacts on natural habitats must be mitigated,' King added.
The first draft of the framework was developed following a five-month long consultation effort that involved more than 2000 people in over 40 countries and included a review of other multilateral development banks' environment and social standards.
The current draft includes a vision statement on environmental and social sustainability, a policy outlining the
The proposed draft standards include: assessment and management of environmental and social risks and impacts; labor and working conditions; resource efficiency and pollution management (including the consideration of climate change and other related issues); community health and safety; economic or physical displacement of people (involuntary resettlement), biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of living natural resources (forests, habitats, sustainable management of living natural resources, production of living activities such as food safety, responsible harvesting, international standards); indigenous peoples, cultural heritage, financial intermediaries and stakeholder engagement.
'The proposed standards aim to provide clearer definitions and guidance, and clarify the roles of the Bank and the borrowing country. This proposal also aims to strengthen our ability to manage environmental and social risks and impacts in the projects we fund and ensure that risks are assessed, managed and mitigated throughout the lifetime of the project,' said
Peters acknowledged the challenge of getting a proposal that strikes an appropriate balance across these complex issues.
'What we are talking about are the issues that are most crucial for reducing poverty and helping boost the incomes of the bottom 40 percent of people around the world,' he said. 'What we hope to do is to create a framework that helps focus attention on where we can make a difference and problem solve in real time to help countries and people have better opportunities in life.'
From August to
Background on consultations
The draft framework along with overall consultation plan, timeline, schedule of meetings and all relevant information will be made available on the dedicated consultation website (www.worldbank.org/safeguardsconsultations). The draft will be made available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Stakeholders will be asked to provide feedback on the draft through an online consultation platform as well as targeted and issue-specific face-to-face meetings.
For more information, please visit www.worldbank.org/safeguardsconsultations. If you have questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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