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Jamaica - Inner City Basic Services for the Poor Project : assessment of JSIF safeguards compliance capacity, environment and resettlement (Inglês)

This assessment of safeguards for the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, part of the Jamaica Inner City Basic Services for the Poor Project (JSIF), which aims to improve access in targeted poor inner-city communities to basic services including reliable potable water, sanitation and solid waste management, assesses environmental risks and proposes measures to mitigate them. Potential negative impacts include dust proliferation, noise, vibration, obstruction of channels drainage, sedimentation, visual impairment, fire, flood, loss of flora and fauna, public health and safety risks, temporary displacement, traffic dislocation, damage to archaeological and cultural artifacts, and conflicts over land use and zoning. Procedures to manage and mitigate these impacts will include the following: For dust, wet stripped, bare surfaces; cover stockpiles of earth; provide dust masks to workers; and inform the local community. For noise, confine work to daylight hours; maintain vehicles and machinery to ensure optimal functionality; provide ear muffs to workers; and inform the community. For vibration, conduct household surveys and inform the community as well as use blasting mats. For drainage and to prevent sedimentation, keep drainage courses open and free of debris; and use silt screens, sediment traps, or gratings along the gully banks. To maintain aesthetic appeal, keep work areas clean, arrange sign posts and detour signs, and store waste in a designated area until it is removed by a certified contractor for disposal at an approved site. Prepare a hazard risk assessment, take safety precautions against fire, secure water supply for fire hoses, and keep fire hydrants unobstructed. Preserve existing including native and/or endemic mature trees, or if appropriate feeding, breeding, or nesting trees. When land is cleared or trees cut, replant with the same number of trees using native species. Avoid interference with animal life. To reduce threats to human health and safety, minimize disruption of services and utilities to communities, provide for detours or alternate routes, and equip workers with protective gear. The Resettlement Framework that comprises chapter 7 sets out means for notifying and consulting communities, selecting a host site, and paying required compensation.




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