Access, Governance and Reform for the
Electricity and Water Sectors (AGREE) Project
ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL COMMITMENT PLAN
1. The Democratic Republic of Congo (hereinafter "the Recipient") shall implement the Access, Governance and Reform for the Electricity and Water Sectors Project, AGREE, (the Project) with the involvement of the following Ministries and agencies: Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity (MRHE) in its UCM (overall coordination; component 2, Sub-component 3.2 in urban areas, Sub-component 4.1; Sub-component 4.3) and with the involvement of the Ministry of Portfolio (MoP)/COPIREP (Comité de Pilotage de la Réforme des Entreprises du Portefeuille)- for the implementation of component 1, as well as with the National Agency for Electrification and Energy Services in Rural and Peri-urban Areas (ANSER), for the implementation of sub-component 3.2 in peri-urban areas, REDIGESO/CEP-O (component 4.2 and component 1.3 ), Autorité de Régulation de l’Électricité (Sub-component 3.1) and Office Congolais des Eaux (OCE) for Component 3.3(a)(i) The International Development Association (hereinafter "the Association") has agreed to provide funding for the Project.
2. The Recipient shall implement material measures and actions so that the Project is implemented in accordance with the World Bank's Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) and World Bank Group’s Performance Standards, including the recommendations of the Good Practice Note on addressing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, and Sexual Harassment in the Context of Financing Investment Projects Involving Major Civil Works (NBP-SEA/SH). This Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP) sets out material measures and actions, any specific documents or plans, as well as the timing for each these.
3. The Recipient shall also comply with the provisions of any other Environmental and Social (E&S) documents required under the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and referred to in this ESCP, such as the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF), including in an annex the Action Plan for the Prevention and Mitigation of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and Sexual Harassment (SH); the Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF); Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) for the works and associated Environmental and Social Management Plans; the Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP); the Labor Management Procedure (LMP), and the timelines specified in those E&S documents. Other instruments shall be prepared as needed during the implementation of the Project, such as Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs), Asbestos Management Plan, hazardous waste management plan, sludge and effluent management disposal and/or reuse plan, Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP), Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs), Grievance Mechanism sensitive to SEA/SH (GRM), Security Risk Assessment (SRA)/Security Management Plan (SMP) ),
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