Building Country Safeguard Systems Briefing Note No. 1: Country Safeguard Systems - An Overview

Publication | May 2016

ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement calls for the strengthening country safeguard systems as an objective in itself, to ensure that such systems achieve the benchmarks set by international good practices.

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Country safeguard systems are composed of the policies, practices, legal frameworks, and institutions that a country puts in place in order to avoid, minimize, or mitigate potentially harmful environmental and social impacts of development activities. All developing member countries have safeguard systems which meet ADB requirements to some degree.

Although a number of country safeguard systems have made significant advances in environmental safeguards, others have a long road ahead to attain standards of international good practices especially in the areas of land acquisition and resettlement, and Indigenous Peoples.

About this publication

This briefing note is part of a series on country safeguard systems for effective environmental management, protection of displaced persons, safeguarding indigenous peoples, strengthening capacity, as well as ADB’s efforts to support its developing member countries in strengthening their environmental and social safeguards.

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  • ADB administration and governance
  • Safeguards
  • ARM168044-2

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