Draft Environmental and Social Management Framework

 

Background

The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania through the Ministry of Energy and Minerals has been implementing the Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources Project (SMMRP) since 2009, which aimed at improving small-scale and artisanal mining and the associated social, economic and environmental impacts and strengthening management, good governance, transparency and operational capacity within the mineral sector. The project was in line with the national objective to improve overall management of the Mineral Sector and maximize benefits to the investors and the nation as a whole. Following the successful implementation of phase I which ends in June 2015, the second of the project will begin which is a 3-year technical assistance project Development objective of the proposed project is to improve the socio-economic benefits of mining for Tanzania and Tanzanians, and also to improve Government capacity to manage the mineral sector and enhance local and foreign investments. The second phase enhances the implementation of the first through the four components: a) improving the Benefits of the Mineral Sector for Tanzania: Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining, Local Economic Development and Skills Development; b) Strengthening Governance and Transparency in Mining; c) Stimulating Mineral Sector Investment; and d) Project Coordination and Management. Some sub-components with their activities that have been accomplished in phase I will be dropped with additional ones for the phase II. The principal SMMRP implementing agency is the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) through the Minerals Division.

The project retains its original classification of Category B, as defined in the World Bank’s Operational Policy 4.01 on Environmental Assessment. The basis for this rating is that the direct or indirect environmental impacts of project activites are site-specific, identifiable and can be managed by instituting sound mitigatory measures. This report provides a revised Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for the SMMRP II. Implementation of SMMRP II will be guided with relevant legislations with respect to the sub-projects to be implemented. World Bank’s Safeguard Policies on Environmental Assessment (OP/BP 4.01) and Involuntary Resettlement (OP/BP 4.12) will be largely used in line with domestic legislations. Other safeguard policies will be considered when needs will arise.

The ESMF provides mechanisms for ensuring that all environmental and social impacts which may result from implementation of sub-projects under SMMRP-II are identified, assessed and mitigated as appropriate. The Environmental Management Act of 2004 and Environmental Impact Assessment & Audit Regulations of 2005 prescribe details on how an EIA can be conducted. >> Read more >>