Environment Safeguards: A Good Practice Sourcebook (Draft Working Document)

Date: December 2012
Type: Guides
ADB administration and governance; Environment


The draft Sourcebook focuses on the Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) requirements pertaining to environmental assessment and management. It aims to add clarity, provide further technical guidance and recommend good practice in the implementation of the SPS. It is for the use of ADB staff and consultants, borrowers/clients and executing agencies, private sector clients, and environmental assessment practitioners, including nongovernment organizations and civil society. The draft Sourcebook is a working document and will be revised from time to time. As such, any comments on the contents and style of the draft Sourcebook are highly welcome.

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This is an updated version of the draft originally posted in November 2012, based on feedback received. The draft working document was prepared by staff of Asian Development Bank. It is neither an exhaustive nor definitive treatment of the issues. The interpretations and contents therein do not necessarily reflect the views of the ADB's Board of Governors nor the governments they represent. The Asian Development Bank does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this work and accepts no responsibility for any consequences of their use. Use of the term 'country' does not imply any judgment by the Asian Development Bank as to the legal or other status of any territorial entity.


  • Introduction
  • The Environmental Assessment Process
  • Environmental Assessment Requirements for Various Financing Modalities
  • Occupational and Community Health and Safety
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Natural Resource Management
  • Pollution Prevention and Abatement
  • Physical Cultural Resources