The selection of target project areas/communities will focus on Districts and Sub-districts where there is a significant number of small farmers involved in the growing of one or more of the four focal tree crops. The table below provides a guide to selection of sub-project that comply with the requirements, policy and regulations of the PIU, the World Bank and the Government of Liberia
1) Has there been an appraisal visit to the community and proposed sub-project location?
If ‘yes’ go to question 2). If ‘no’ organize an appraisal mission by a qualified and experienced person to assess the potential impacts to the natural and human environment and the amount of additional information need to produce (if necessary) an adequate ESMP (see Note 1 below)
2) Is the location currently under tree crop that requires rehabilitation?
If ‘yes’ go to question 8). If ‘no’ go to question 3).
3) Is the location currently degraded forest as a result of traditional shifting cultivation?
If ‘yes’ go to question 8). If ‘no’ go to question 4)
4) Is the location recently logged forest?
If ‘yes’ go to question 6). If ‘no’ go to question 5)
5) Is the location on lands covered with primary or mature secondary forest or otherwise rich natural habitat?
If ‘yes’, it will fail to comply with the World Bank’s OP 4.36 and OP 4.04, the Bank will not support the subproject. If ‘no’ go to question 7)
6) Is the location on lands that prior to degradation by logging were (or potentially were) high value natural habitat?
If ‘yes’ may not comply with provisions of World Bank’s OP 4.04 and EPA regulations – submit to PIU EMT for decision on further action. If ‘no’, go to question 8).
7) For a location with significant natural habitat, are there potential alternatives for the subproject?
If, ‘yes’ go to the potential alternative and go to question 2i). If ‘no’, submit to PIU EMT for decision on further action.
8) Will implementation of the sub-project result in relocation of current occupants of the land?
If ‘yes’ it may fail to comply with the World Bank’s OP 4.12 - go to question9). If ‘no’ go to question 11)
16) Does the beneficiary Community have a Farmer Organization/Cooperative?
If ‘yes’ go to question go to question 17). If ‘no’ submit recommendations to PIU PRT decision on further action.
17) Is the Farmer Organization Registered?
If ‘yes’ go to question18). If ‘no’ submit recommendations to PIU EMT decision on further action (e.g. refer to the CDA/Other relevant Agency able to provide assistance/guidance in establishing a viable organization)
i) A Fonsi - when the nature of the activity and the results of the site visit show that there is not likely to be any impact that requires a management plan.
ii) A “Generic" ESMP, in cases where there is nothing unique about the site or the sub-project activities that would require special mitigation measures (e.g., removing under-brush in coffee and cocoa plantations in an agricultural area – see Chapter 5 above.
iii) A site-specific ESMP, in cases where there are features of the environment that require more study leading to an ESMP that is designed to take particular sensitive features into account. For example the presence of a significant natural habitat conservation area or water-body on/near the site that could be significantly affected by the sub-project activities.
iv) A full ESIA. The may be a requirement for sub-projects that are extensive in size (e.g. greater than 50 ha) or for value-added initiatives involving agro-process as set out in Annex 1 of the EPML.