ADB - Training workshops


Dates: Tuesday 25th - Wednesday 26th August 2015
 Venue: Conference room - Edgewater resort and Spa, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Presenter: Jayantha Perera 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) sponsored a workshop under Technical Assistance 7566: Training and knowledge sharing for country safeguard systems strengthening in the Pacific mission

The two day training workshop focused on:

  • International Land Acquisition and Resettlement (LAR) Best Practices and Social Impact Assessment safeguards to provide a process for assessing and managing potential adverse environment and social impacts posed by infrastructure development projects;
  • Align Cook Islands National systems and policies to the international best practices.

By applying the processes outlined in the Environmental and Social Safeguards policy (part of Te Tarai Vaka Activity Management System) to all infrastructure development projects, project planners and implementing agencies can avoid unnecessary risks and adhere to a "Do no harm"approach by minimising social and environmental risks associated with infrastructure development.

The policy sets out a process for assessing and managing potential adverse environment and social impacts as an integral part of TTV, within the context of addressing the cross-cutting issues of gender, climate change and disaster risk management and human rights.  The policy also acts as an entry point to:

  • Identify and exploit opportunities to conserve and further enhance the environment and social well-being, including human rights and gender equality;
  • Indentify and manage potential risks posed by climate change and natural hazards to the intended outcomes of the activity, and to exploit opportunities to strengthen the resilience of communities and the country as a whole to these hazards;
  • Ensure that the activities are designed to be consistent with environmental, social and human rights commitments of the Cook Islands; and
  • build project ownership and accountability among the community.
  • Please click on the following link to download the Cook Islands workshop -Accessing land for development-International best practices-handout which outlines relevant materials shared during the workshop.

The table below contains a power point and pdf summary of the workshop "Overall Safeguards presentation”. Addtionally further information relevant to the topic have also been provided in power point and pdf format. 

 Workshop content

Presentations - powerpoint format

Presentations - Pdf format

Safeguards-Key messages

Participant key messages from the Safeguards workshop, as defined in the closing workshop discussion and participant feedback forms:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment/Social Impact Assessment are central to project proposal development, not just a “tag on”
  • DO NO HARM!         
  • The importance of ongoing, meaningful consultation
  • Find a way to get feedback and involve people in consultation
  • LISTEN to stakeholders – hear the peoples voice
  • Consideration of Gender and other cross-cutting issues
  • Seek and value local knowledge
  • Whole of government problem - working TOGETHER to resolve issues
  • Align projects to national plans and signed country agreements
  • Take a strategic, planned approach
  • The better integrated proposals are more likely to get funded
  • Keep your proposals short and to the point
  • Consider Intended and Unintended consequences
  • Consider the vulnerable in society
  • Coordinated planning needed in the pa enua
  • Integrate into business planning process
  • Consider more training on Te Tarai Vaka  and Safeguards (need for more interactive sessions and local case studies)
  • Involve other relevant ministries (e.g. MoJ, Crown Law)
  • Interest in giving feedback on Total Official Support for Development and the Public Service Strategy
  • Review Safeguards Policy to include Grievance Redress Mechanism, and ensure consultation definitions and stakeholder engagement are adequately covered