Social and Environmental Standards Validation Workshop in Kokopo, East New Britain Province
30 August 2023
A 6-day Social and Environmental Standards and Gender Analysis Validation Workshop for community representatives and project data collectors is underway.
The Workshop is currently underway for the GEF7 FOLUR Project in Kokopo, East New Britain (ENB) Province from the 28th of August to the 02nd of September 2023.
Between March and April this year, project data collectors which consisted of UNDP and provincial Administration staff travelled to Inland Baining and in Central Pomio LLGs visiting communities and introducing them to the GEF7 FOLUR Project through a stakeholder engagement process.
During these visits, valuable social and environmental information were collected and developed into a Social and Environmental Management Plan, an Indigenous People’s Plan and a Gender Action Plan.
These are important documents that UNDP and its Implementation Partner, CEPA, will utilize to ensure the natural environment and the rights of the communities are protected appropriately during project implementation.
The purpose of the workshop this week is to validate the information collected and allow community representatives and government officials to provide critical feedbacks that will guide the GEF7 FOLUR Project moving forward.