Environmental Compliance and Environmentally Sound Design and Management in Project Implementation

Lake Naivasha, KENYA ·31 January–2 February 2011 & 3–5 February 2011

Training Workshops for USAID/Kenya Staff and Implementing Partners

Hosted by USAID/Kenya
Co-sponsored by USAID/AFR/SD

Over 31 January–2 February 2011 and 3–5 February 2011, a training workshop for USAID staff in “Environmental Compliance and
Environmentally Sound Design and Management in Project Implementation” was conducted in Lake Naivash, Kenya.
The workshop was the latest in a series of Africa Regional Environmental trainings for USAID/Kenya Staff and Implementing Partners.

The overall goal of the workshop is to strengthen environmentally sound design and management of USAID-funded activities in Kenya by assuring that participants have the motivation, knowledge and skills necessary to (1) achieve environmental compliance during the implementation phase of their projects, and (2) otherwise integrate environmental considerations in activity design and management to improve overall project acceptance and sustainability. 

Agenda component Corresponding objectives: By the end of
the workshop, participants should be able to:
  1. Motivating LOP environmental compliance: USAID’s mandatory environmental procedures exist to assure environmentally sound design and management (ESDM) of development activities. The workshop begins by defining ESDM and establishing why ESDM must be a necessary and explicit objective for successful development.
  • Articulate the ESDM concept and
    common causes of failure to achieve ESDM.
  • Explain why ESDM must be a necessary and explicit objective for successful development.
  • Articulate key action principles for achieving ESDM
  1. Building Core EIA Concepts & Skills: USAID’s environmental procedures are a specific implementation of the general environmental impact assessment (EIA) process. An understanding of the basic EIA process greatly facilitates understanding USAID’s procedures, and basic proficiency in a set of core EIA skills is required for effective compliance during project implementation.
  • Explain the relationship between ESDM and the EIA process.
  • Describe the key elements of the EIA process.
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in the core EIA skills of identifying significant impacts/issue of concern and design of mitigation and monitoring.
  1. Mastering Environmental Compliance Requirements for Project Implementation, of which the primary one is fulfillment of environmental management conditions specified in approved 22 CFR 216 environmental review documentation.

    After surveying LOP environmental compliance, the workshop focuses on the implementation of environmental management conditions. The environmental mitigation and monitoring plan (EMMP) is the key instrument for systematic implementation of these conditions—and thus for achieving ESDM.
  • Describe the basic elements of LOP compliance, and attendant roles and responsibilities
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in developing environmental mitigation and monitoring plans
  • Articulate the environmental compliance reporting requirements attendant to EMMP implementation
  • Convey to project management key actions and systems changes required to systematically implement, monitor and report on environmental conditions.
  1. Understanding Key “Special Topics” in Compliance: Focused “special topic” sessions address the environmental compliance and management aspects of selected current, complex and emerging issues in the USAID portfolio and operating environment.

Explain the key compliance issues involved in each special topic, and articulate recommended best practice


Workshop Materials

Agenda PDF Icon 122 KB

Participants' Sourcebook PDF Icon5 MB

Workshop evaluation PDF Icon 381 KB


Special Topic Presentations

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