Today 25th May 2022 a day-long training workshop was organized by CPRD to facilitate the GCF Readiness project “Strengthening Bangladesh’s NDA Secretariat, Enhancing Pipeline Implementation and Private Sector Engagement in Effective Climate Action”, which will be implemented by ERD with technical support from FAO, to identify the magnitude of preparedness of the countries private-sector institutions in the GCF accreditation process through ensuring a systematic, structured and planned Environmental and Social Safeguards (ESS) in line with climate change tandem at Brac Inn Center. This includes a comprehensive review of the existing ESS, diagnosing gaps followed by assisting in developing a feasible, robust ESS framework and strengthening the NDA secretariat in terms of bolstering the National Implementation (NI) entities, who are seeking the GCF accreditation for increasing their investment in climate action. The two major objectives of this training are-

  1. To build the technical and institutional capacity of NI aspirants and strengthen their ability in assessing their submitted ESS gap to comply with GCF requirements
  2. To support them in the formulation and preparation of ESS guidelines required for accessing GCF funds

Mr. Md Samsuddoha, Chief Executive CPRD, says he stressed the inclusion of localities in the project design. This includes the disclosing of right and adequate information, project benefits, risks, participation in expressing their opinions and upholding their thoughts, and unhesitating complaint scope and legal action regarding a development project should be taken into consideration by the stakeholders and placed in ESS framework. Organizations should consult with the communities beforehand for their agricultural or dwelling land acquisition, ascertain the compensation if taken forcefully, and support gender equality, and human rights in the project implementation process. Besides, they can add a checklist in assessing the local issues to support the local’s social safeguard and arrange knowledge disseminating programs to improve the learning about the significance of the project, and its social and environmental concerned issues that can be revealed through their development actions and build their capacity accordingly. The checklist should be monitored and facilitated by the local governments as they are well aware of the local and social emerging challenges at his session.

Dr. Crispus Njeru, International Climate Change Specialist, FAO Bangladesh, and Mrs. Tatiana Semenova, International Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialist, attended the program to train the attendees by addressing the questions that how they can avail the GCF funding opportunities, what are the criteria to be considered, and their implementation process during the project period and beyond abstaining from hampering the natural environment and its social entities. Mr. Chrispus added that alongside the govt. agencies, this climate financial aid can be available to private organizations such as Textile, Ready-made garment, Agro sectors, etc. who come up with different, new, innovative breakthrough business ideas in favor of green climate and the country people, which will allow them to share their responsibilities for a greener environment and encourage their agile investment in the viable implementation of their development activities. The idea of ESS has to be integrated with the project being submitted to the green climate fund.

Mrs. Tatiana commenced with a brief introduction of GCF, its architecture, working network, and how institutions can be benefited from this large robust climate fund opportunity. She continued with the key requirements of the ESS accreditation process while adding that institutions having a minimum of 3years of implementing environmental and social projects in developing countries can apply for GCF funds, depending on their legal status, and ability to demonstrate a sufficient expert and staff combination, etc. She described ESS framework comes from two different levels-institutional and project levels. The institutional level indicates the resourceful team orientation of the organization, and its working experience in dealing with developing activities while, on the contrary, the readily necessary documents for the efficient capacity of implementing the project goal, ensuring environmental and social safety, in the project area is the project level ESS. In some cases, the whole accreditation process can take up to 2 to 3 years according to the submitted proposal and project objectives. Institutions must go through the GCF performance standards (PS1 to PS8) concerning their development projects while building their ESS framework. PS1 to PS8 stands for Labor and working conditions, Resource efficiency and pollution prevention, Community, health, safety and security, land acquisition and involuntary resettlement, Biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of natural resources, Indigenous people, and cultural heritage, respectively. A detailed potential risk and impact analysis scheme (high, medium, low/no risk) is required to be incorporated into the ESS framework to mitigate the social conflicts and environmental threats in response to the project implementation.

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