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Myanmar Community Support Project: Environmental and Social Management Framework

This Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) has been prepared to identify the potential environmental and social risks and impacts of proposed Project activities and propose suitable mitigation measures to manage these risks and impacts.

The potential environmental and social risks for project activities are identified as:

- Potential exclusion of disadvantaged or vulnerable households;

- Potential exclusion of ethnic minorities due to access challenges or language barriers;

- Risks to project workers (including health/safety/security risks, discrimination, child labour or forced labour, COVID-19 risks, and sexual exploitation and abuse risks);

- Solid waste management risks from inappropriate disposal of food packaging;

- Food safety risks from improper procurement, storage, transport and distribution of food that may result in negative health and safety impacts (including pest related diseases).

- Risks to community members (including safety/security risks in collecting assistance, discrimination/ exclusion, COVID-19 risks, and sexual exploitation and abuse risks);

- COVID-19 Risks

- Potential for insufficient stakeholder engagement and grievance management.

These risks will be managed and mitigated through the application of:

- The project’s operational design for targeting and selection of communities and beneficiaries;

- WFP policies, guidelines and operational practices (including the Environmental Policy, and People Policy, Environmental Health and Safety Guidelines, the Food Storage Manual, and standard Operating Procedures on COVID-19, protection for sexual exploitation and abuse);

-World Bank standards and practices (including Occupational and Health and Safety Standards, good practice note on sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment)

- The measures included in this ESMF and the Annexes to this ESMF (including simplified Labour Management Procedures, Solid Waste Management Procedures, Landmine Procedures, and a Safety and Security Approach); and

- The Stakeholder Engagement Plan prepared for this project.