Environmental impacts are expected to be low to moderate
For PHARMBIOTRAC, the Environmental Assessment category is B (Partial Assessment), and OP/BP 4.01 (Environmental Assessment) is triggered. There will be some rehabilitation and extensions of the selected institutions. There will be no new land acquisition or new construction for PHARMBIOTRAC.
In general, the center will focus on quality enhancements of teaching and research, which primarily requires "softer items" i.e. faculty and curriculum development, and learning resources, while re-construction will be less than 10 percent of the funding. Further, ESMP has been prepared and disclosed to manage environmental and social impacts based on the submitted proposals. The civil works for refurbishment are minor and localized that they can be guided by national and local laws and procedures, and therefore no ESMP has been developed. The prepared ESMP are disclosed in country and on the World Bank infoshop. In addition, a general set of best practice guidelines for environmental and social management was disclosed in the region in the early stages of project preparation. The ESMP has undergone a public consultation, and the report is presented in Annex A.
Environmental Management Approach
For PHARMBIOTRAC the attached EMP checklist has been completed and will be disclosed at the institutional website at later stage to comply with environmental and social safeguards.