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Blue Action Fund Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) Template

This document is the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for the <project title> (hereafter referred to as “the Project”), and outlines the environmental and social management commitments that the proponent will implement to manage potential negative impacts and enhance potential positive impacts of the project. The ESMP will also introduce the other Safeguard Instruments to be applied in this project (e.g., the stakeholder engagement plan, grievance mechanism, etc.), which are included as Annexes to this document. As such, this introductory section as well as the project description (Section 2) and legal framework (Section 3) serve as a background for all of the Safeguard Instruments. 

At the project proposal stage, the ESMP and other Safeguard Instruments will be provisional in nature and will take on the form of a Framework. However, the management measures identified in the frameworks will have been integrated into the project design (logframe) and resourced appropriately. The ESMP will then be updated and finalised within the project inception phase (the first six months of project implementation), as illustrated in Table 1 below. The ESMP acts as the umbrella Safeguard Instrument, and is referred to throughout the Blue Action Fund safeguarding principles and requirements (see Blue Action Fund ESMS Requirements, 2021). Importantly, the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Section of this ESMP (Section 5), will be used on an annual basis to report on relevant monitoring across all of the Safeguard Instruments.