The Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF):

  • is an instrument that examines risks and impacts of the project and its components which cannot be determined until the program or the subproject details have been identified
  • describes principles, processes and technical guidance to the Project implementing agencies and their consultants to assess the environmental and social (E&S) risks and impacts of the Project activities
  • developed in accordance with the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs)

The Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) include:

ESS1Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts
ESS2Labor and Working Conditions
ESS3Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention and Management
ESS4Community Health and Safety
ESS5Land Acquisition, Restrictions on the Land Use and Involuntary Resettlement
ESS6Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources
ESS7Indigenous Peoples/Sub-Saharan African Historically Underserved Traditional Local Communities
ESS8Cultural Heritage
ESS9Financial Intermediaries
ESS10Stakeholder Engagement and Information Disclosure

~ESS 5,6,8,and 9 are not related to the Project.~

The objectives of the ESMF are as follows:

  • assess potential E&S risks and impacts of the Project & propose mitigation measures for risks/impacts
  • establish clear procedures for the E&S screening, review, approval, and implementation of activities
  • specify appropriate roles and responsibilities, and outline the necessary reporting procedures
  • identify the training and capacity building needed to successfully implement the provisions of the ESMF
  • address mechanisms for public consultation and disclosure of project documents as well as redress of possible grievance f. establish the budget requirement for implementation of the ESMF