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Safeguard Policy Review

A source for the latest important information on the environmental and social safeguard policy review, development, and consultation process.

Stakeholder Engagement

ADB is committed to ensuring meaningful consultations throughout the policy review process to build on and learn from experiences and inputs from stakeholders across many perspectives and backgrounds. The review will include a series of internal and external stakeholder consultations with member countries, development partners, governments, the private sector, civil society organizations, project affected people, indigenous peoples, and vulnerable groups. Public feedback is welcome, and everyone is encouraged to share their experiences in implementing the current policy and recommend areas for enhancement.


Stakeholder engagement will be conducted in three phases.

In the first phase, ADB launched the review, and shared the initial Stakeholders Engagement Plan (SEP) which outlined the consultation and communication approaches. After the initial round of consultations and outreach, the SEP was updated to reflect stakeholder insights and issues.

During the second phase, ADB will conduct a series of stakeholder consultations based on key analytical studies, and their implications on policy revision.

The final stage of consultations will seek to solicit comments on the working paper for revision and finalization of the safeguard policy.

View the draft stakeholder engagement plan.

Phase 1
(June 2020 - May 2021)

Under Phase 1 (Initial Consultation and Stakeholder Outreach), ADB conducted preliminary rounds of external outreach to discuss the consultation plan, and help deepen understanding of the needs of stakeholders. ADB established the SPS review approach, and drafted and shared the initial Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) with external stakeholders.

During this period, the mapping and analysis of stakeholder groups, and online preliminary information sessions (PIS) with civil society organizations and DMCs were conducted, and dedicated communication channels were launched.

At the end of Phase 1, an updated SEP was published, which considered all feedback received during this period.

Further information on the meetings, dates, and processes for Phases 2 and 3 will be posted as schedules are finalized.

View the summaries of the Preliminary Information Session

Completed Meetings

Date Meeting Meeting Documents Presentation/Recording
12 April 2021 Preliminary Information Sessions for civil society organizations in Asia and the Pacific
13 April 2021 Preliminary Information Sessions for civil society organizations North America and Europe
18 May 2021 Preliminary Information Session for Government stakeholders from DMCs of Central and West Asia, and South Asia
19 May 2021 Preliminary Information Session for Government stakeholders from DMCs of East & Southeast Asia and Pacific

Phase 2
(June 2021 – June 2022)

Phase 2 will draw on the findings of different analytical studies on key topics like safeguard policy architecture, safeguard classification, use of country safeguard systems and cross-cutting thematic issues. Study reports will be shared on the webpage and key findings will be presented during consultations to seek feedback from stakeholders. Consultations will be organized with stakeholders enabling them to make contributions based on their primary expertise.

Regional Consultations

Please see Concept Note on Regional Consultations

For registration, please check out the EventsAir page

Regional consultations are organized along key thematic areas, as follows:

  Topic Date Materials and Documentation
Policy Architecture Policy Architecture 15 – 17 November 2021 (Completed)
Indigenous Peoples Indigenous Peoples 22 – 24 November 2021 (Completed)
Resource Efficiency Resource Efficiency & Pollution Prevention  25 – 26 November, 1 December 2021 (Completed)
Labor and Working Conditions Labor and Working Conditions  29 November – 1 December 2021 (Completed)
Community Health Community and Occupational Health and Safety  2 – 3 December 2021 (Completed)
Land Acquisition Land Acquisition, Land Use Restriction, and Involuntary Resettlement 6 – 8 December 2021 (Completed)
Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management 13 – 15 December 2021 (Completed)
Cultural Heritage Cultural Heritage 10 – 11 January 2022 (Completed)
Stakeholder Engagement Stakeholder Engagement, Information Disclosure and Grievance Redress Mechanisms 14, 17 – 19 January 2022 (Completed)
Lessons from Accountability Mechanisms Lessons from Accountability Mechanisms 24 – 25, 28 February & 1 March 2022 (Completed)
Environmental and Social Impacts and Risk Assessment Environmental and Social Impacts and Risk Assessment 21 – 23 March 2022 (Completed)
Safeguards in Fragile and Conflict Affected Situations and Small Island Developing States Safeguards in Fragile and Conflict Affected Situations and Small Island Developing States (FCAS/SIDS) 29, 31 March 2022 (Completed)
Country Safeguard Country Safeguard Systems 4 – 6 April 2022 (Completed)
Climate Change Climate Change 17, 19 – 20 May 2022 (Completed)
Gender and Safeguards Gender and Safeguards 24, 26 – 27 May 2022 (Completed)
Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH) 30 – 31 May 2022 (Completed)
Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) 6 – 7 June 2022 (Completed)
Financing Modalities Safeguards in Different Financing Modalities 12 – 13 & 16 September 2022  
Safeguards in Private Sector Operations Safeguards in Private Sector Operations 19 & 22 September 2022  

Consultations with project affected persons and in-country consultations will be scheduled separately.

Phase 3
(February 2022 – March 2023)

Under Phase 3 (Analyze, Draft, Revise, and Finalize the Policy), recommendations from Phase 2 will be consolidated, organized, and analyzed to ensure consideration of both recurrent themes and specific policy revisions. Once recommendations have been identified and refined, a draft of the Working Paper for the Revised Safeguard Policy (W-Paper) will be developed and broadly shared with internal and external stakeholders for further comments.

Feedback received will be considered in a final Policy Paper (R-Paper), which will be drafted and submitted to the ADB Board for consideration. The R-Paper will be disclosed publicly on the SPS review and update webpage, upon circulation to the ADB Board, and following ADB’s Access to Information Policy (2018).