Call for public comments on the proposed Environmental and Social Policy
Adaptation Fund release, September 2013

WASHINGTON DC, USA: The Adaptation Fund Board has launched a public call for comments on its proposed Environmental and Social Policy for the Adaptation Fund.  The policy aims to formalize the consideration and application of the safeguards in all climate adaptation activities financed by the Adaptation Fund. Among other issues, it is noted that projects supported by the Fund shall: provide fair and equitable access to benefits in a manner that is inclusive and does not impede access to basic services and land rights; and avoid imposing any disproportionate impact on marginalized and vulnerable groups, including indigenous people and tribal groups. It is stated that the Fund shall not support projects/programmes that are inconsistent with the rights and responsibilities set forth in UNDRIP and other applicable international instruments; or that would involve significant conversion or degradation of critical natural habitats, including those recognized as protected by traditional local communities. Projects shall be designed and implemented in a way that avoids the alteration, damage or removal of any physical cultural resources, cultural sites and sites with unique natural values recognized as such at the community, national or international levels; and avoids or minimizes the need for involuntary resettlement. The draft policy provides for a public disclosure and consultation process, as well as grievance mechanism.

Comments should be sent to afbsec@adaptation-fund.org by 23 September 2013. Read the call … Download the proposed environmental and social policy [pdf] …

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