Environmental and Social Management Plan for the Proposed Green Climate Fund Project
This Environmental and Social Management Plan has been prepared in support of a project proposal on “Strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers in the Dry Zone to climate variability and extreme events through an integrated approach to water management in Sri Lanka” by the Government of Sri Lanka to the Green Climate Fund. The project promotes a paradigm shift through its integrated and holistic approach to enhancing water security and agricultural productivity for vulnerable communities in three river basins of the Dry Zone through three inter-linked Outputs:
a. upgrading and rehabilitation village irrigation systems including tanks (rainwater storage reservoirs and related watersheds) and scaling up climate-smart agricultural practices;
b. enhancing decentralized water supply and management solutions to provide safe drinking water to vulnerable communities through the sterilization and purification of existing groundwater; and
c. strengthening early warning, forecasting and water management
As UNDP is the GCF Accredited Entity, the project has been screened against UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards Procedure and deemed a Category B project. In line with Sri Lankan law, and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment is not considered necessary for this project.