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ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL SAFEGUARDS FRAMEWORK

MITIGATION PLAN

ESSF MITIGATION PLAN

The Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF) Mitigation plan has been approved by WWF Network for Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) in August, 2021. The ESSF is designed to ensure our conservation and regeneration efforts do not have unintended adverse social or environmental impacts and protect human rights. They form a set of standards, policies, mechanisms, and compliance systems that govern how our field-based activities are carried out, and ensure a consistency of approach across the entire WWF Network. This framework helps to identify, avoid and mitigate any negative social and environmental impacts within our work. Overall, WWF’s ESSF, provides an institutional mechanism to manage the environmental and social risks of WWF’s work, helps deliver better conservation outcomes, and enhances the social well-being of local communities in the places where WWF operates.

CORE COMPONENTS

OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL SAFEGUARDS FRAMEWORK

CORE COMPONENTS OF ESSF FRAMEWORK

  • A framework document, first publicly posted in August 2019, that includes policy commitments and procedural detail on implementation

  • Nine safeguard standards, each dedicated to a specific safeguard topic

  • A tiered network-wide grievance mechanism which strengthens existing arrangements to address and resolve complaints

  • A response protocol to immediately escalate any complaints relating to human rights


WWF conducted the ESSF risk screening process for the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) program, managed by WWF-Nepal. Three issue areas corresponding to the substantive ESSF standards were identified through this process and are addressed in this plan with the aim of mitigating potential risks: 1) community health and safety 2) Indigenous Peoples, and 3) restrictions to access to resources. This mitigation plan that has been approved serves to guide WWF Nepal in its program design and will be applied to project implementation, monitoring, and evaluation for all activities supported by WWF across this landscape.

MITIGATION PLAN

ROLL OUT

MITIGATION PLAN - ROLL OUT

The Environment and Social Safeguards Mitigation Plan was rolled out internally on August 06, 2021. The overall objective of the ESSF roll out was to share the mitigation activities approved by WWF Network to internal staff, and convey ways forward to integrate the mitigation plan in each ongoing as well as newly developed project. The sharing session covered a basic understanding of the safeguard concept, substantive standards triggered, possible risks on each substantive standard and ways to mitigate these risks.

Similarly, orientation on the Terai Arc Landscape ESSF Mitigation Plan and implementation strategies was organized for the TAL field office on 10-13th August, 2021. Roles and responsibilities of each staff were shared along with individual as well as landscape level obligations on implementation and safeguarding throughout the project.

WWF Nepal will be implementing the mitigation action plan based on the risks triggered in ESSF substantive standard. Some of the major mitigation actions planned for this year are; 1) Training law enforcement personnel to build their capacity, bolster their safety, and strengthen their commitments and understanding of human rights 2) Improve community outreach and engagement to create better, safer, and more effective interactions with and between communities and law enforcement, and addressing human wildlife conflict, 3) Conduct study and documentation on settlements of Indigenous Peoples (targeting women), their unique cultural practice and knowledge on natural resources management, 4) Mapping the diverse marginalized groups and their usage and dependence on resources that may be restricted, Promote participation of women and vulnerable groups in the local institutions (BZUC, BZMC, BZUG, CFCC) and support women leadership in local institutions especially in BZMC and BZUCs.