Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for NCORE Project.

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) has received funds from the World Bank to implement the Nile Cooperation for Results (NCORE) Project. The project implementation is shared by the three NBI centres, the Nile-Secretariat based in Entebbe, Uganda, the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO) based in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, and the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) managed by its Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU) located in Kigali, Rwanda. The development objective of the NCORE Project is “to facilitate cooperative water resource management and development in the Nile Basin.”The NBI has prepared the Nile Cooperation for Results (NCORE) Project as in line with its Strategic Plan 2012-2016. The Project will allow the NBI to achieve and expand upon results in three key areas: (i) enhancing its platform for cooperation in the Nile basin; (ii) providing its stakeholders with tools and knowledge resources for climate resilient water resources management; and (iii) advancing climate resilient and regionally significant water resources development. This objective will be achieved through aligning transboundary work with national priorities and/or ongoing or planned projects, and by conducting targeted regional analyses. Program outputs include: (a) portfolio of climate resilient catalytic transformative sub-projects identified; (b) investments in hydro-power generation as well irrigation and watershed management advanced and program facilitated and coordinated; (c) integration of transboundary water issues in each member state strengthened; (d) evidence of benefits of cooperation and risk of non-cooperation generated and disseminated; (e) Nile Basin decision support system operationalized; and (f) knowledge products on various aspects of the Nile Basin generated and disseminated.

It is anticipated that the planned sub-projects of which exact impacts are not yet known, mainly under Category A projects, will trigger the Environmental Assessment Policy (OP.4.01), thus justifying the development of an Environmental and Social Management Framework as one of the most appropriate management instrument.

The Environment and Social Management Framework (ESMF) of this project has been prepared to: (i) integrate  environmental and social aspects into the pre-feasibility and feasibility analysis of potential future sub-projects at the preparation and planning stages; (ii) promote transparency through the use of extensive stakeholder consultations and disclosure procedures; (iii) take into account possible uses of innovative and strategic environmental and social analyses; (iv) encourage consideration of technical alternatives based on possible environmental and social impacts; and (v) strengthen environmental and social management capacities within the NBI institutions. While carrying out planned preparation studies, this ESMF will assist project management in identifying and mitigating the potential negative environmental and social impacts of potential future sub-projects. Among other proposed activities, this ESMF proposes to strengthen the capacity of existing NBI/NELSAP staff and other relevant key stakeholders with aim to deliver the required environmental and social support during the project implementation.  

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