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4 Nov 2015

NGO Forum on ADB

NGO Forum on ADB comprehensive critique on AIIB's Draft Environmental and Social Framework (ESF)

"Gaps in AIIB’s ESF Further Highlighted in Forum’s Updated Submission", 5 Nov 2015

In its comprehensive critique of the draft Environmental and Social Framework, NGO Forum on ADB asked the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to clearly stipulate and strengthen safeguards requirements that bind both the Bank and its Client to implement and adhere to the ESF. Forum said the draft policy falls short of a commitment to “do no harm” and lacks mandatory accountability mechanisms.

Forum cited weaknesses in policy language, particularly on the Environmental and Social Standards for Environment and Social Assessment (ESS 1), Involuntary Resettlement (ESS 2) and Indigenous Peoples (ESS 3); free prior informed consent (FPIC), grievance mechanism; exclusion list; role of the Client; and the phased approach.

The civil society coalition also reminded AIIB of its request to personally meet with country representatives at the Chief Negotiators Meetings (CNM) to comprehensively discuss the draft ESF.