Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

Combating Adverse Impacts: CEPF Reviews Implementation of Safeguard Policies

Since its creation in 2000, CEPF has supported nearly 1,800 different projects that aim to conserve the world’s most critical ecosystems. While CEPF grantees do not intend to design projects that might harm people or nature, occasionally the potential for negative impacts does arise. 

For this reason, CEPF has an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) that provides guidance on how to ensure that all of the fund’s grants comply with relevant safeguard policies. CEPF is fully committed to ensuring that adverse environmental and social impacts are avoided or appropriately mitigated and compensated for. 

The ESMF provides an overview of relevant safeguard policies and describes the planning process concerning environmental and social issues, including screening, preparation, implementation and monitoring of the grants awarded by CEPF. The ESMF addresses World Bank safeguard policies that are relevant to CEPF activities, and specifically includes the following: 

    - Environmental Management Framework to address environmental safeguard issues; 

    - Pest Management Plan to address issues related to the purchase, application and storage of pesticides; 

    - Indigenous Peoples Planning Framework to address the World Bank’s policy concerning indigenous peoples; 

    - Process Framework to address the World Bank’s policy on involuntary resettlement concerning projects that may result in the restriction of access to natural resources.

Procedures are in place to ensure appropriate screening during the project design phase, and comprehensive monitoring occurs during the implementation and evaluation stages of the project cycle. CEPF also performs due diligence across the biodiversity hotspots, and ensures that grantees, regional implementation teams (organizations providing strategic local leadership for CEPF) and Secretariat staff understand the importance of the safeguards. 

CEPF’s new report “CEPF and its Environmental and Social Management Framework: A Review of Policies, Processes and Implementation, 2009-2014” describes processes at all stages of CEPF project cycle management, and provides analysis of CEPF grants, large and small, that have triggered a safeguard. The report also includes real examples to demonstrate how CEPF is complying with the safeguards. In addition to this new report, information about compliance to the safeguard policies can always be found in the CEPF Operational Manual.