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ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL COMMITMENT PLAN (ESCP)
1. The Democratic Republic of Congo (hereafter “the Recipient”) shall implement the Stabilization and Recovery in Eastern DRC project under the direction of the Ministry of Finance through implementing agencies within the three Provincial Administrations of Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu. The International Development Association (hereinafter “the Association”) has agreed to provide funding for Stabilization and Recovery in Eastern DRC project (hereafter “the Project”).
2. The Recipient shall implement the concrete measures and actions necessary to ensure that the Stabilization and Recovery in Eastern DRC project is implemented in compliance with the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs). This Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP) sets out the measures and actions, any specific documents or plans and their specified implementation timeline.
3. The Recipient shall also comply with the provisions of all other Environmental and Social documents required under the World Bank's Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and referred to in this ESCP and the time frames indicated in these documents. These include, without limitation, the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and the Stakeholder Engagement Framework (SEF), disclosed as initial drafts prior to appraisal and to be finalized by the Effective Date as a full ESMF and fulll Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP), along with the the Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and Sexual Harassment (SH) Prevention and Response Action Plan (GBV/SEA/SH Action Plan) (as part of the ESMF), and the Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) (as part of the SEP), the Labor Management Procedures (LMPs), and Security Risk Assessment and Security Management Plan (SRA/SMP). Other instruments shall be prepared by during the implementation of the project, such as the Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF), the Indigenous Peoples Planning Framework (IPPF), Social and Conflict Assessment, Environmental and Social Institutional Capacity Assessment and Action Plan, and Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) and Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) as required in accordance with the ESMF,and Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) as required in accordance with the RPF.
4. The Recipient is responsible for ensuring compliance with all requirements of the ESCP, even when the implementation of certain measures and actions falls under the responsibility of the Ministry, agency or unit referenced in paragraph 1 above.
5. The implementation of the concrete measures and actions set out in this ESCP shall be monitored and reported by the Recipient to the Association in accordance with the provisions of this ESCP and the terms of the legal agreement. Moreover, the Association shall monitor and evaluate the progress and advancement of these concrete measures and actions throughout the implementation of the project.
6. As agreed by the Association and the Recipient, this ESCP shall be updated when all relevant environmental and social instruments are prepared not later than three (3) months after the Effective Date and may be revised from time to time during the implementation of the Project, to reflect adaptive management of Project changes and unforeseen circumstances or in response to an evaluation of the performance of the Project conducted under the ESCP itself. In such circumstances, the Recipient shall agree to such changes with the Association and revise the ESCP accordingly. Agreement on changes to the ESCP shall be evidenced by an exchange of signed letters between the Association and the Recipient, through the Ministry of Finance. The Recipient shall publish the updated ESCP without delay.
7. Where the Project performance or unforeseen circumstances or changes during the Project implementation result in changes to risks and impacts, the Recipient shall provide additional funds, as appropriate, for the implementation of actions and measures to address such risks and impacts, which may include risks and impacts pertaining to the environment, health and safety effects, flooding, erosion, the appearance of animal or plant epidemics, the influx of labor, the risk of degradation of natural resources and pollution of the environment (air, soil and water pollution, reduction of vegetation in the event of deforestation, nuisances due to construction site activities and waste); disruption of free movement and socio-economic activities; social conflicts in the event of non-local employment or failure to respect customs or other project related issues; health and safety of the population (emergence of diseases among the population and workers, accidents related to construction activities, health risks related to poor management of hazardous waste and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), biomedical waste; loss of land, property and sources of income;; adverse impacts or discriminatory barriers to access to project benefits for indigenous populations present in the Project's areas of activity; risks of gender-based violence (GBV), including SEA/HS, etc.; and risks related to child labor or forced labor.
8. Table 1 below provides a summary of the concrete measures and actions required, the responsibilities of the actors involved, and the timeframe for implementing the selected measures and actions.
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