Ministry of Education, Guyana

Monday, 10 March 2014 13:51

Executive Summary : Environmental Assessment and Management Plan (EAMP)

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has set the attainment of quality Universal Secondary Education (USE) as a major objective in its current Education Strategic Plan (ESP).

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This Environmental Assessment and Management Plan (EAMP) has been developed for the civil works proposed as part of the Government of Guyana’s Secondary Education Improvement Project, to be financed by the World Bank. The proposed projects are the construction of 4 new Government Secondary Schools (GSS) which are listed below:

  1. La Parfaite Harmony GSS. In Region 3, a 1000 student school (Grade A+)
  2. Yarrakabra in the Upper East Bank. In Region 4, a 800-student school (Grade A+)
  3. Good Hope/Lusignan GSS. In Region 4, a 800 student school (Grade A).

  Click to Download the Plan in PDF: Environmental Assessment And Management Plan (EAMP) (March 31, 2014)

The Ministry of Education (MoE) will be the implementing agency responsible for the Project. Coordination, technical and fiduciary aspects of the Project would be overseen by a Project Coordinator (PC), to be located in the MoE Planning Department, Buildings Unit, who would report to the Permanent Secretary of the MoE.

The proposed project in its current configuration will trigger the World Bank’s Operational Policy: OP/BP 4.01: Environmental Assessment. The objective of this policy is to ensure that Bank-financed projects are environmentally sound and sustainable, and that decision-making is improved through appropriate analysis of actions and of their likely environmental impacts. This policy is triggered if a project is likely to have potential (adverse) environmental risks and impacts on its area of influence. OP 4.01 covers impacts on the natural environment (air, water and land); human health and safety; physical cultural resources; and trans-boundary and global environment concerns. The proposed project is categorized as Category B: Partial Assessment - assigned to projects that are likely to have impacts that are site-specific and limited in number, and for which mitigation measures are readily identifiable.

The Project Technical Team (PTT) will be responsible for the environmental supervision of the implementation of project components and the Environmental Assessment and Management Plan. The PTT will have access through the World Bank to an Environmental Specialist (ES) who will support the PTT in conforming to the requirements of the EAMP and in assisting with development of the PTT’s technical capacity to address the environmental issues associated with the project.

The main environmental impacts expected from the Project would be those connected to the proposed construction activities planned under Component 1 of the Project.

The construction works proposed will generate environmental and social impacts common to this type of civil work: dust, noise and waste from the construction site, traffic congestion and the risk of accidents. It is intended that these environmental and social impacts will be mitigated through the implementation of this EAMP. Additionally, health and safety measures will be recommended during the construction by way of:

  • the MoE’s HSSE (Health Safety Security & Environment) Policy
  • the MoE’s HSSE Management Plan
  • the Project HSSE Management Plan (to be developed by the project’s supervising consultants)
  • the HSSE Management Plans of the selected contractors
  • the Site Waste Management Plans of the selected contractors

The list of potential environmental and social impacts will be further informed and updated as part of the proposed consultation with internal (GoG, MoE) and external (Community) stakeholders during the pre-contract and construction phases.

The Environmental Assessment process will include public information and communication strategies with beneficiary students and families, as well as other stakeholders in the project area. A grievance mechanism is also included as part of the Environmental Assessment process to hear concerns, and address concerns as appropriate in a timely and transparent manner.

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