|During Project Design
||Three rounds of public consultations on the project social and environmental impacts and the DMF have been undertaken during project preparation. The consultations were held with all the concerned government departments and agencies and affected people (residents, merchants, shopkeepers, religious clerics and representatives of the Islamic Association, representatives of the All China Women's Federation, and independent experts) in the project cities and areas. A socioeconomic survey at the household level covered 806 households and collected and analyzed information relating to 2,874 people. Thirty focus groups discussions involving an average of 18 person per group or a total of 540 people were also held. For the resettlement plans, separate socioeconomic surveys, communtiy meetings, opinion surveys, and specific impact studies of 3,439 affected persons (APs) were involved. Development of the environmental impact assessments (EIAs) involved two rounds of public consultations. Ethnic minority development plans have been prepared collaboratively and discussed with communities.
|During Project Implementation
Key features of the consultation and participation include:
(i) public disclosure of all project documents at the Xinjiang PMO and on the ADB websites including the project information document, DMF, EMDPs, RPs, summary EIA (SEIA), Report and Recommendation of the President, project administration memorandum, and social and environmental monitoring reports.
(ii) A project information document will be prepared for each project component in English, Chinese and the locally applicable ethnic minority languages and will contain a map or diagram of the affected areas; a description of the overall Project; a timetable of the project activities; expected social, economic, and environmental impacts; environmental and social safeguards; the compensation policy and entitlements; and outline of livelihood restoration measures; asset valuation; details of the work of the compensation and grievance redress committees; and outline of further consultation and participation that will be undertaken during the Project; and the project communications strategy.