ADB: Strong Environmental and Social Safeguards Must Accompany Asia’s Infrastructure Drive

Asia’s spending on growth-boosting infrastructure is set to get a tailwind from development financing while the safeguard systems used by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other development banks as conditions for their loans are under international scrutiny.

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Publish Date: 21st December 2016

Last Updated: 8th January 2017

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ADB blog: Strengthening country safeguard systems--Common approaches for better results

8th October 2013

The strengthening of country safeguard systems is a central objective of ADB’s Safeguard Policy Statement. There are several reasons for this strong emphasis. First, and most importantly, enhancing country safeguards systems should be a development objective in its own right. A broader focus on safeguards at country and sector level can extend our development impact far beyond a ring-fenced project approach. This clearly makes sense given that the vast majority of infrastructure and other development to be financed in the future will not be subject to MDB safeguards.

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The Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment

2 to 5 December 2013

An Asian Judges Network on Environment was officially launched at the Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment to be held in Manila, 2 to 5 December.

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