Myanmar Rural Renewable Energy Development (RURED) Project: DRAFT Environmental and Social Management Framework
UNDP is finalizing the Myanmar Rural Renewable Energy Development Programme (RURED) funded by GEF for submission to GEF Secretariat by 29 May 2019. As an integral part of the project preparation process UNDP has prepared this draft Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) as the GEF Agency in close collaboration with the Myanmar Government through the Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) to ensure that the UNDP-GEF Project, Myanmar Rural Renewable Energy Development Programme (RURED) is consistent with UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards (SES) (www.undp.org/ses).
The SES require that all UNDP projects consider the potential environmental and social opportunities that a project may generate and ensure that adverse social and environmental risks and impacts are avoided, minimized, mitigated and managed.
The draft ESMF has been prepared based on the social and environment screening procedure (UNDP’s SESP) that was completed as part of the project design phase which included consultations with implementing partners, local communities, private sector and civil society entities. It has been developed on the basis of the project risk categorization and outlines the processes that will be undertaken during the project inception/implementation phases for the additional assessment of potential impacts and identification and development of appropriate risk management measures. The draft ESMF identifies the steps that will be followed during the inception/implementation phases for the completion of stand-alone management plans as justified based on the results of the SESP for the moderate risks identified. Finally, the draft ESMF also details the roles and responsibilities for its implementation and includes a detailed budget and monitoring and evaluation plan.
The ESMF is intended to serve as a practical tool to guide identification and mitigation of potential environmental and social impacts of proposed investments and as a platform for consultations with stakeholders and potential project beneficiaries. The ESMF identifies the policy triggers for the project, the screening criteria of sub-projects, the likely environmental and social impacts of the sub-projects and the mitigation measures to mitigate the identified risks, assessment of the institutional capacity and measures for capacity-filling gaps.