Capacity development is one of the project objectives for ensuring the sustainability of project interventions in the process of building a climate resilient economy of the country. Training on Environmental and Social Safeguard Management is a long-felt requirement of the project to enhance knowledge, skills and practical experience on use of Environmental and Social Safeguard Management Framework, policies and procedures by staff involve with the project implementation at various level of authority. All activities under the ongoing CRIP I and proposed CRIP II must be consistent with both GOSL’s and World Bank’s applicable laws, regulations and notifications. It is the responsibility of the PMU and the Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) to ensure that project activities are consistent with the legal/regulatory framework of environmental and social safeguard management.

With this intension, PMU and Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA), University of Peradeniya jointly organized two-day residential training programme on Environmental and Social Safeguard Management for Development Project (ESMFDP) from 9 to 10 November 2017 at PGIA. 52 participants including Irrigation Engineers, Project Engineers, Environmental specialist, and other senior officials from Irrigation Department, Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka, Road Development Authority, National Building Research Organization, Uva-Provincial Road Department and PMU were attended the programme. Highly qualified and well experienced resource panel from PGIA conducted the programme covering theoretical and practical aspects of the Environmental and Social Safeguard Management including case studies on selected cases taken from the project sites to give more insights about the practical issues encountered by the participants.

Having conducted of this type of training programme, participants are now able to avoid, reduce or compensate for negative effects of rehabilitation activities performed under each IA as they are now conversant about the related rules (such as policies, laws, regulations) that reduce the environmental and social risk and negative impact of activities and also the Institutions that implement those rules regarding environmental and social safeguards which help to ensure that planned activities are successful implemented without affecting the Environment and community.

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