Environmental and Social Management Framework - Dominica Housing Recovery Project

Adamant to resolve the people's housing needs on island, the Honorable Prime Minister of Dominica with Cabinet set forth an agenda to build the destination better with resilient homes, particularly for the more vulnerable people. This would form part of the Housing Revolution set forth by the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica (GoCD) to accommodate residents who lost their homes following Tropical Storm Erika in 2015, where villages in high risk locations were swept away from flooding and massive landslides. The World Bank (WB) joined in this effort with a grant subsidy for a Housing Recovery Project (P166537) to focus on home-owner driven rebuilding in-situ of destroyed houses for 1,700 of the most vulnerable households, who will be mandated to apply the WB's environmental and social safeguards in light of constructing resilient homes. The Housing Recovery Project (HRP) complements the role of relief and humanitarian partners who have been addressing the first phase of housing recovery with a focus on temporary and transitional shelter, roof repairs, and minor repairs conducted by house owners.

The Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) is one of many documents that guides the implementation of Dominica's Housing Recovery Project. It outlines the inclusion of environmental and social safeguards of the World Bank from the preparation and readiness phase to the complete closure phase of the project. In essence, the objective of the ESMF is to serve as a practical tool during project implementation and monitoring, that will provide operational guidance regarding the management of environmental and social issues in housing reconstruction to ensure compliance with the relevant laws and regulations of Dominica and World Bank safeguards policies.

The ESMF overarching context remains applicable with the following supporting HRP main documents: Project Appraisal Document (PAD); Project Operations Manual (POM); Indigenous People's Plan (IPP); Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM); and a Communication Strategy. Numerous direct players and key partners at the institutional and community levels are noted in the ESMF.

This document is the result of consultations between various government ministries and departments, particularly the Ministry of Housing and Lands, the Physical Planning Division, the Kalinago Council, the World Bank HRP Team and Consultants including the WB safeguards consultants and the IST Senior Safeguards Advisor, CREAD, direct players and key partners. The ESMF was finalized based on review of all feedback received by the HRP – Project Implementation Unit. Gratitude is extended to all who contributed to this framework.

Read the entire Environmental and Social Management Framework (PDF, 2,786 KB) document.

Posted: 21/06/2019