Gaps in AIIB’s ESF Further Highlighted in Forum’s Updated Submission

In its comprehensive critique of the draft Environmental and Social Framework (ESF), NGO Forum on ADB asked the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) 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 with country representatives at the Chief Negotiators Meetings (CNM) to comprehensively discuss the draft ESF.

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