The Environmental Management Capacity Building project provided field support on a demand-driven basis to the Asia and Near East Bureau to strengthen the capacity of its missions and implementing partners to apply the principles of environmentally sound design through training, targeted technical assistance, and information transfer.
Core funding for the project and associated activities was provided by the Asia and Near East Bureau, with the option for mission buy-ins to directly commission services. The purpose of the project was to support USAID missions and partners, as well as USAID mission environmental officers and staff, in incorporating the principles of environmentally sound design and best management practices in planning and implementation of development interventions and in using USAID’s environmental regulations (22 CFR 216) as a framework process toward these ends.
The project implemented three project components.
- Building environmental compliance awareness and capacity through Regulation 216 training
- Streamlining Regulation 216 procedure and supporting environmental monitoring and mitigation processes
- Communicating best practices
The project was designed to provide a blend of improved awareness for meeting USAID regulatory requirements, as well as practical, project-based tools to encourage adoption of environmentally sound design principles and best management practices for implementation.
It facilitated environmental compliance and environmentally sound design and management workshops for mission staff and implementing partners. The workshops provided intensive training on implementation of USAID’s mandatory environmental procedures and on objectives of these procedures.
The project completed workshops for these missions: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangkok, Egypt, and the Philippines. The project also provided technical assistance and support to the Asia and Near East bureau environmental officer, mission environmental officers, and regional environmental advisors on environmentally sound design, best management practices, and the application of environmental assessment principles and practice throughout the life of the project. Activities also supported Web-based access to resource materials to support environmental impact assessments and environmentally sound design.
Project Duration: 2006-2011