Second Regional Workshop on Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems

The workshop gathered key partners from developing member countries, international financial institutions, and civil society organizations. It was held on 7-9 October 2014 at the ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines. Read More

Project Safeguards for Inclusive and Environmentally Sustainable Growth

Protecting the people and environment from the potential adverse effects of development is the cornerstone of ADB's Safeguard Policy. Read More

Partnership Increases Productivity and Profits in the Lao PDR

This Knowledge Showcase issue presents how the public-private-community partnership adopted by the Sustainable Natural Resource Management and Productivity Enhancement Project helps increase productivity and profits of farmers in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Read More

Lose to Gain: Is Involuntary Resettlement a Development Opportunity?

This book assesses the adequacy of conventional compensation and resettlement assistance programs to help policy makers, project sponsors, and project executing agencies improve resettlement planning and implementation. Read More


ADB's environmental and social safeguards are a cornerstone of its support to inclusive economic growth and environmental sustainability in Asia and Pacific. In July 2009, ADB's Board of Directors approved the new Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) governing the environmental and social safeguards of ADB's operations. The objectives of the SPS are to avoid, or when avoidance is not possible, to minimize and mitigate adverse project impacts on the environment and affected people, and to help borrowers strengthen their safeguard systems and develop the capacity to manage environmental and social risks.

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