integrated safeguards datasheet - Documents & Reports

Report No.:66697
Date prepared/updated: 11/09/2011
I. Basic Information
1. Basic Project Data
Country: Uganda
Project ID: P097742
Additional Project ID (if any): P073089 &
Project Name: Nile Basin Reforestation Project
Task Team Leader: Martin Fodor
Estimated Appraisal Date:
Estimated Date for signing Carbon Emission
Reduction Purchase Agreement: June 30, 2006
Managing Unit: AFTEN
Lending Instrument: Funds from BioCarbon
Fund will purchase ERs as generated through
Sector: Forestry (100%)
Theme: Biodiversity (P); Climate change (P); Land administration and management
(S); Pollution management and environmental health (S)
IBRD Amount (US$m.):
IDA Amount (US$m.):
GEF Amount (US$m.):
BioCF Amount (US$m.): 1,084,067.15 (ERPA)
Other financing amounts by source:
Environmental Category: C
Is this a transferred project
Yes [ x ]
No [ ]
Simplified Processing
Simple [ ]
Repeater [ ]
Is this project processed under OP 8.00 (Rapid Response to Crises
Yes [ ]
No [X]
and Emergencies)
2. Project Objectives:
This carbon offset operation corresponds to the investments under IDA project P073089 and its
Additional Financing P111366.
The overall goal of this Carbon Finance project is carbon sequestration through the reforestation
of 2,137 ha within Rwoho Central Forest Reserve (CFR). The project includes 5 small-scale selfstanding CDM projects. It is estimated that the overall project will generate on average
50,000 tCO2 a year.
3. Project Description:
The project will provide access to carbon markets to the National Foresty Authority (NFA), as
well as 6 community groups that participate in the benefit-sharing through Collaborative Forest
Management. Emissions Reductions (ERs) are generated through reforestation. The carbon
project is a component of an investment project P073089 and its Additional Financing P111366.
There will be no additional investment for this carbon component.
The NFA manages Rwoho CFR on behalf of the Government of Uganda as stipulated in the
National Forestry and Tree Planting Act, 2003. NFA intends to re-forest 2,137 ha within the
Rwoho CFR. The plantation is established in blocks of 25 ha on average, grouped in 5 smallscale CDM projects (Project 1 – 468 ha; Project 2 – 370 ha; Project 3 – 341.9 ha; Project 4 –
347.1 ha; Project 5 – 487.6 ha). The blocks are separated by the fire breaks.
The project area will be covered with 75% Pinus caribaea planted on hill tops and slopes, which
has already been introduced and tested in the area. In addition, valley bottoms and sheltered sites
will be planted with Maesopsis eminii and Prunus Africana (20% and 5% respectively). Pinus
and Maesopsis will be managed on a 22 year rotation cycle or until the target diameter of 45 cm
is reached for timber production. Prunus will be managed on a similar rotation cycle for timber
production, and, additionally, on a 10 year harvesting cycle for medicinal bark production.
For all project-supported tree planting activities the NFA uses a preference scheme sourcing
labor for clearing, planting, weeding, etc. mainly from the communities adjacent to the target
forest reserves.
A total area of 346.7 ha is planted by 6 community groups under the Collaborative Forest
Management (CFM) agreements, including Project 1 – 65.6 ha; Project 2 – 35.9 ha; Project 3 –
22.7 ha; Project 4 – 22.2 ha; and Project 5 – 74.6 ha. Community groups that have CFM
agreements for the project area are: BECA (Bushwere Environmental Conservation Association),
KADA (Kanywamaizi Development Association), KAFODA (Kagoto Foundation for
Development Association), RRECSO (Rwampala Rural Enterprises Cooperative Savings and
Credit Society Limited), SWAGEN (Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment), and
RECPA (Rwoho Environmental and Protection Associations).
4. Project Location and salient physical characteristics relevant to the safeguard analysis:
The project area is within the Rwoho Central Forest Reserve in Mbarara, Isingiro, and Ntungamo
Districts in south-western Uganda. The topography is mid altitude hill ranges from 1,400 metres
to 1800 metres above sea level. The area is drained by numerous streams, some of which drain in
Mishumba river in Rwoho, which itself drains into the Kagera river that is part of the Nile river
system. The forested areas in the CFR are dominated by Albizzia-Markhamia tree species, which
occur in valleys. Plantation establishment in Rwoho CFR with conifer species started in 1964.
5. Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialists on the Team:
Ann Jeannette Glauber (AFTEN)
Mary Bitekerezo (AFTCS)
6. Safeguard Policies Triggered (please explain why)
Please note that the ISDS for this Carbon Finance activity does not
trigger safeguards policies. Rather, the safeguards aspects are
addressed through the parent project ( P073089)
Environmental Assessment (OP/BP 4.01)
Natural Habitats (OP/BP 4.04)
Forests (OP/BP 4.36)
Pest Management (OP 4.09)
Physical Cultural Resources (OP/BP 4.11)
Indigenous Peoples (OP/BP 4.10)
Involuntary Resettlement (OP/BP 4.12)
Safety of Dams (OP/BP 4.37)
Projects on International Waterways (OP/BP 7.50)
Projects in Disputed Areas (OP/BP 7.60)
II. Key Safeguard Policy Issues and Their Management
A. Summary of Key Safeguard Issues
1. Describe any safeguard issues and impacts associated with the proposed project. Identify and
describe any potential large scale, significant and/or irreversible impacts:
The BioCF resources will help promote sustainable forest management in Uganda. Thus, the
project is conceived and designed to have significant positive environmental and social impacts.
The project will be supporting the rehabilitation of degraded forest areas in Uganda by replanting
trees using the community co-management model. The aim is to improve the forest cover and
environmental protection of the watersheds. The project will not result in any potential large
scale, significant or irreversible impacts.
The carbon offset operation corresponds to the investments under P073089 and P111369, and no
additional investment will be needed. All necessary safeguards have been conducted under the
parent project and disclosed under the same.
2. Describe any potential indirect and/or long term impacts due to anticipated future activities in
the project area:
No negative long-term impacts are anticipated due to project activities.
3. Describe any project alternatives (if relevant) considered to help avoid or minimize adverse
4. Describe measures taken by the borrower to address safeguard policy issues. Provide an
assessment of borrower capacity to plan and implement the measures described:
Strong capacity exists for safeguard issues - the project is implemented by experienced technical
staff in the national forestry agency that deal with the national environmental safeguards in their
daily work, mainstream them as part of the core activities, and have received the Bank
safeguards training.
5. Identify the key stakeholders and describe the mechanisms for consultation and disclosure on
safeguard policies, with an emphasis on potentially affected people:
The management of the reserve is the responsibility of the NFA. However, the National Forestry
and Tree Planting Act, 2003 requires that the NFA manages the reserves in close collaboration
and consultations with the different stakeholder categories. The key stakeholders are the
communities surrounding project sites. They are consulted in the course of preparing
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Forest Management Plan (FMP) in accordance
with the requirements of the Government of Uganda and the World Bank, as prepared under the
parent project. The EIA and FMP were duly disclosed in-country and through the InfoShop
under the parent project (P073089).
B. Disclosure Requirements Date
Environmental Assessment/Audit/Management Plan/Other:
Was the document disclosed prior to appraisal?
Date of receipt by the Bank
Date of "in-country" disclosure
Date of submission to InfoShop
For category A projects, date of distributing the Executive
Summary of the EA to the Executive Directors
Resettlement Action Plan/Framework/Policy Process:
Was the document disclosed prior to appraisal?
Date of receipt by the Bank
Date of "in-country" disclosure
Date of submission to InfoShop
Indigenous Peoples Plan/Planning Framework:
Was the document disclosed prior to appraisal?
Date of receipt by the Bank
Date of "in-country" disclosure
Date of submission to InfoShop
Pest Management Plan:
Was the document disclosed prior to appraisal?
Date of receipt by the Bank
Date of "in-country" disclosure
Date of submission to InfoShop
* If the project triggers the Pest Management and/or Physical Cultural Resources policies,
the respective issues are to be addressed and disclosed as part of the Environmental
Assessment/Audit/or EMP.
If in-country disclosure of any of the above documents is not expected, please explain why:
C. Compliance Monitoring Indicators at the Corporate Level (to be filled in when the ISDS is
finalized by the project decision meeting)
OP/BP 4.01 - Environment Assessment
Does the project require a stand-alone EA (including
EMP) report?
If yes, then did the Regional Environment Unit or Sector
Manager (SM) review and approve the EA report?
Are the cost and the accountabilities for the EMP
incorporated in the credit/loan?
OP/BP 4.04 - Natural Habitats
Would the project result in any significant conversion or
degradation of critical natural habitats?
If the project would result in significant conversion or
degradation of other (non-critical) natural habitats, does
the project include mitigation measures acceptable to the
OP 4.09 - Pest Management
Does the EA adequately address the pest management
Is a separate PMP required?
If yes, has the PMP been reviewed and approved by a
safeguards specialist or Sector Manager? Are PMP
requirements included in project design? If yes, does the
project team include a Pest Management Specialist?
OP/BP 4.11 – Physical Cultural Resources
Does the EA include adequate measures related to
cultural property?
Does the credit/loan incorporate mechanisms to mitigate
the potential adverse impacts on physical cultural
OP/BP 4.10 - Indigenous Peoples
Has a separate Indigenous Peoples Plan/Planning
Framework (as appropriate) been prepared in
consultation with affected Indigenous Peoples?
If yes, then did the Regional unit responsible for
safeguards or Sector Manager review the plan?
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No [ x ]
N/A [ ]
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No [ x ]
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No [ x ]
N/A [ ]
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N/A [ x ]
Yes [ ]
No [ ]
N/A [ x ]
If the whole project is designed to benefit IP, has the
design been reviewed and approved by the Regional
Social Development Unit?
OP/BP 4.12 - Involuntary Resettlement
Has a resettlement plan/abbreviated plan/policy
framework/process framework (as appropriate) been
If yes, then did the Regional unit responsible for
safeguards or Sector Manager review and approve the
plan/policy framework/process framework?
OP/BP 4.36 – Forests
Has the sector-wide analysis of policy and institutional
issues and constraints been carried out?
Does the project design include satisfactory measures to
overcome these constraints?
Does the project finance commercial harvesting, and if
so, does it include provisions for certification system?
OP/BP 4.37 - Safety of Dams
Have dam safety plans been prepared?
Have the TORs as well as composition for the
independent Panel of Experts (POE) been reviewed and
approved by the Bank?
Has an Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) been
prepared and arrangements been made for public
awareness and training?
OP/BP 7.50 - Projects on International Waterways
Have the other riparians been notified of the project?
If the project falls under one of the exceptions to the
notification requirement, has this been cleared with the
Legal Department, and the memo to the RVP prepared
and sent?
What are the reasons for the exception? Please explain:
Has the RVP approved such an exception?
OP/BP 7.60 - Projects in Disputed Areas
Has the memo conveying all pertinent information on the
international aspects of the project, including the
procedures to be followed, and the recommendations for
dealing with the issue, been prepared
Does the PAD/MOP include the standard disclaimer
referred to in the OP?
The World Bank Policy on Disclosure of Information
Have relevant safeguard policies documents been sent to
the World Bank's Infoshop?
Yes [ ]
No [ ]
N/A [ x ]
Yes [ ]
No [ ]
N/A [ x ]
Yes [ ]
No [ ]
N/A [ x ]
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No [ ]
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N/A [ x ]
Have relevant documents been disclosed in-country in a
public place in a form and language that are
understandable and accessible to project-affected groups
and local NGOs?
All Safeguard Policies
Have satisfactory calendar, budget and clear institutional
responsibilities been prepared for the implementation of
measures related to safeguard policies?
Have costs related to safeguard policy measures been
included in the project cost?
Does the Monitoring and Evaluation system of the
project include the monitoring of safeguard impacts and
measures related to safeguard policies?
Have satisfactory implementation arrangements been
agreed with the borrower and the same been adequately
reflected in the project legal documents?
Yes [ ]
No [ ]
N/A [ x ]
D. Approvals
Signed and submitted by:
Task Team Leader:
Environmental Specialist:
Social Development Specialist
Additional Environmental and/or
Social Development Specialist(s):
Martin Fodor (AFTEN)
Ann Jeannette Glauber (AFTEN)
Mary Bitekerezo (AFTCS)
Alexandra Bezeredi (AFTOS)
Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough (AFTEN)
Approved by:
Regional Safeguards Coordinator:
Sector Manager:
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