integrated safeguards datasheet - Documents & Reports

I. Basic Information
Date prepared/updated: 12/02/2009
Report No.: AC4465
1. Basic Project Data
Country: Cambodia
Project ID: P106605
Project Name: Higher Education Quality and Capacity Improvement Project
Task Team Leader: Omporn Regel
Estimated Appraisal Date: March 5, 2010
Estimated Board Date: May 27, 2010
Managing Unit: EASHE
Lending Instrument: Specific Investment
Sector: Tertiary education (100%)
Theme: Education for the knowledge economy (100%)
IBRD Amount (US$m.):
IDA Amount (US$m.):
GEF Amount (US$m.):
PCF Amount (US$m.):
Other financing amounts by source:
Environmental Category: C - Not Required
Simplified Processing
Simple [X]
Repeater []
Is this project processed under OP 8.50 (Emergency Recovery)
Yes [ ]
No [X]
or OP 8.00 (Rapid Response to Crises and Emergencies)
2. Project Objectives
The development objective of this higher education project is to improve: a) the quality
of teaching, management, and research in project-supported entities; and b) the targeting
of disadvantaged students for enhanced access and retention.
3. Project Description
Component 1 (Strengthening the Capacity of the Higher Education System) will improve
the overall development, management, and governance of the higher education sub-sector
by strengthening institutional capacity of DHE, DSR, and ACC and overall coordination
of the HE system. Component 2 (Provision of Competitive Development and Innovation
Grants) will introduce the use of competitive development and innovation grants to
support improvements in teaching and management and practical, research-based
solutions for existing development problems in the country. Component 3 (Provision of
Scholarships to Disadvantaged Students) will provide scholarships, based on pro-poor
targeting and educational criteria, and assess the effectiveness of this pilot pro-poor
scholarship program through an impact evaluation. Component 4 (Project Management
and Monitoring and Evaluation) will finance project management and monitoring and
4. Project Location and salient physical characteristics relevant to the safeguard
The project will be implemented under Project Categorization C given the nature of the
project and low scale of civil works involvement. It is noted that project civil works
activities will be limited to modernizing existing scientific laboratories at selected HEIs.
No formal Environmental Assessment is required. For environmental health safety
concerns, the government will use/develop standard lab waste segregation and disposal
guidelines (by referring to/updating from possible resources at HEIs or a suitable model
scientific research laboratory in the country or if necessary the region). The lab waste
management guidelines, after having been reviewed by the environmental safeguards
specialist of the Bank task team, will be posted in Khmer at lab sites and used as the "do's
and don'ts" principles for students, lab assistants, and teachers.
5. Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialists
Ms Vanna Nil (EASTS)
Mr Bunlong Leng (EASTS)
6. Safeguard Policies Triggered
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 project will provide scholarships for disadvantaged students, including students from
disadvantaged ethnic minorities. MoEYS and DHE have confirmed that the scholarships
will benefit individual students, males and females, who belong to disadvantaged ethnic
minorities. The project will ensure their equal opportunity and access to higher
education. As the project will not involve any direct intervention to nor target the values
and behavior of ethnic minority communities, OP 4.10, Indigenous Peoples, or any other
safeguard policy is not triggered. For a brief discussion of related issues, see Annex 11 of
the PAD.
2. Describe any potential indirect and/or long term impacts due to anticipated future
activities in the project area:
3. Describe any project alternatives (if relevant) considered to help avoid or minimize
adverse impacts.
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.
5. Identify the key stakeholders and describe the mechanisms for consultation and
disclosure on safeguard policies, with an emphasis on potentially affected people.
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,
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)
The World Bank Policy on Disclosure of Information
Have relevant safeguard policies documents been sent to the World Bank's
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
Have costs related to safeguard policy measures been included in the project
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
D. Approvals
Signed and submitted by:
Task Team Leader:
Environmental Specialist:
Social Development Specialist
Additional Environmental and/or
Social Development Specialist(s):
Ms Omporn Regel
Mr Bunlong Leng
Ms Vanna Nil
Mr Eduardo Velez Bustillo
Approved by:
Sector Manager: