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Latin America and the Caribbean - Central America Indigenous Integrated Ecosystem Management (GEF) Project : environmental assessment (Espanhol)

The development/global objective of the Indigenous Integrated Ecosystem Management Project is to achieve effective biodiversity conservation in Central America (Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama), by strengthening the capacity of indigenous communities in the protection, and management of their natural, and cultural resources, and, by recuperating and promoting their cultural values, and sustainable traditional, land use practices, thereby preventing further land degradation, but enhancing livelihoods, and economic well-being, while preserving the region's high, though increasingly threatened, biodiversity resources. The project has been classified as Category B in compliance with the Bank's environmental assessment policy, particularly regarding productive, community subproject implementation. It is worth mentioning, this is not expected to cause major environmental degradation, however, given some subproject sites are located within highly sensitive environmental, and social areas, an environmental management framework is thus required. Subprojects shall undergo an environmental screening to determine whether it falls under high, moderate, low, or, with no environmental risk. Those subprojects classified within a high to moderate risk, will require an environmental assessment, and management plan; moderate to low risk (generally located within buffer zones, identified as important biological and social ecosystems), will require an environmental report; while, those with no environmental impact will only be subject to relevant technical environmental specifications. Subprojects in, and around protected areas, or within critical natural habitats, will undergo environmental mitigation, such as soil protection, and specific land uses. Reforestation projects will require management plans to ensure its sustainability. If indigenous populations are to be affected, an indigenous peoples plan based on consultations, and community participation will be developed. Particular attention will be given to archaeological or cultural sites, to be protected as possible. The report provides recommendations, and mitigation measures against potential, major adverse impacts, such as: petroleum exploration works, roads construction, livestock expansion and production, pastoralism, agricultural development, and possible timber extraction.


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    Zambrano Chavez,Marco Antonio

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    América Central,

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    América Latina e Caribe,

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    Latin America and the Caribbean - Central America Indigenous Integrated Ecosystem Management (GEF) Project : environmental assessment

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    Biodiversity conservation; Natural habitats; Protected areas; Cultural aspects of economic development; Archaeological sites; Soil erosion; Land use planning; Subprojects; Environmental screening; Environmental management; Environmental assessment; Indigenous populations; Consultation with members; Community participation; Reforestation; Petroleum exploration; Road construction environmental aspects; Regional integration; Livestock management; Pastoralism; Agricultural development; Timber extraction; Global Environment Facility;



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