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Environment Management Framework (EMF)

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Though project interventions are expected to result in overall environmental and public health improvements in the state, potential adverse environmental impacts can occur if the schemes are not properly designed, sited, implemented, and maintained.

In order to ensure that the environmental issues are systematically identified and addressed in the various stages of the implementation of project-sponsored schemes, an Environment Management Framework (EMF) has been developed for this project. The specific objectives of the EMF are:

  • To design a set of procedures, delineate the roles and responsibilities of various Stakeholders, and institutional structure in the implementation of sub projects along with the capacity building and staffing requirements for mainstreaming environmental management in project implementation processes
  • To identify appropriate mitigation measures for addressing the identified environmental issues

Classification of schemes:

Based on the Environmental Data Sheet which is used as a tool for screening, the schemes are classified as Category I (low impact), Category II (medium impact) and Category III (high impact).

  • For low impact category (Category I), a set of very simple mitigation steps have to be incorporated in the project plan based on the Environmental Codes of practices and technical guidelines.
  • For medium impact category (Category II), a Limited Environmental Assessment (LEA) is undertaken through the RPMU.
  • For high impact category (Category III), a full-fledged EIA to be conducted through an environmental consultant.

Environment Management Plan

Based on the the LEA, an EMP is made for the scheme to mitigate the environmental impact. I t is ensured that the EMP is implemented