Consulting Services to Support the Preparation of Environmental and Social Management Framework for Proposed SEA DRM
World Bank Group
Vientiane, Lao PDR
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
May 2016 – March 2017
The overall objective of the World Bank’s safeguard policies is to help ensure the environmental and social soundness of investment projects, including enhancing project outcomes for local communities, including the poor, ethnic minorities, women, and other marginalized communities.
The South-East Asia Disaster Risk Management Project (SEA DRM) project will help Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar better anticipate and manage flood risks. Investments, which may have social and environmental impacts, include the rehabilitation, retrofitting, and new construction of infrastructure, (such as roads, bridges, irrigation, water and sanitation facilities, etc.) in order to make them resilient to floods. In addition, some flood control measures, such as river embankments and drainage canals are envisaged.
Hatfield was the lead environmental and social consultant to develop four framework documents:
- Environmental and Social Management Framework;
- Preliminary Environmental and Social Assessment;
- Ethnic Group Engagement Framework; and
- Resettlement Policy Framework.
Hatfield worked with the local designated implementing agencies in each country to support the development of these documents through a consultative process that included consultations with the communities that may potentially be affected by the projects. Hatfield also supported the designated implementing agencies to follow World Bank operational policies and ensured consultation included concerns from the local and national stakeholders.