Environmental and Social Management and Resettlement Action Planning in Rural Road Construction

Program Date

12 Aug 16 Aug 2024

Program Location

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Program Venue

Samnang Laor Hotel

Registration & Payment Deadline

10 Jun 2024

Program Introduction

According to the ADB, nearly one billion people globally have limited access to road infrastructure. The absence of roads is particularly critical for the rural population. It not only impedes their mobility but also curbs their potential to benefit from development initiatives. Rural connectivity is a critical pathway to poverty alleviation, serving as the basis for inclusive socioeconomic growth. However, as rural areas frequently host fragile ecosystems and strong social patterns, construction activities might also result in undue harm. Therefore, designing a comprehensive environmental and social management plan (ESMP) is simply a must for the mitigation of such negative consequences.

This training program has exclusively been developed by Risalat to aid governmental staff and development personnel in the design and implementation of rural road construction projects with environmental and social implications in mind. Program content is aligned with the guidelines of major donor institutions financing infrastructure development. As a result of this program, its delegates are expected to demonstrate a detailed understanding of environmental and social management and resettlement action planning. Moreover, they shall develop and enhance key skills required for responsible and sustainable infrastructure expansion groundwork.

Target Audience

Training on Environmental and Social Management and Resettlement Action Planning has primarily been designed for governmental personnel and development practitioners. This is due to the role they play in initiating, coordinating, and implementing infrastructure projects. Having programmatic knowledge is essential for their work performance and is required and expected from international donor institutions. However, training content can prove highly beneficial for a diverse range of professionals including but not limited to:

  • Rural road infrastructure project planning heads, managers, and coordinators
  • Road engineers and designers
  • Environmental and Social Safeguards specialists
  • Community development specialists
  • Governmental personnel
  • Development practitioners
  • Resettlement and livelihoods specialists
  • Members of NGOs/INGOs
  • Financiers and Donor Agencies
  • Community leaders
  • Contractors and construction workers

Program Objectives

The program intends to enable its delegates to effectively manage the environmental, social, and resettlement aspects of rural road projects. Its graduates shall form a part of a well-informed and skilled cohort of professionals who can contribute to responsible, sustainable, and inclusive rural development.

Specific objectives as below can speak for the performance of the program. Upon the successful completion, delegates are expected to:

  • Comprehend the significance of environmental and social management plans for infrastructure development initiatives, particularly rural road projects.
  • Analyze potential impacts of rural road projects on the environment, communities, and their livelihoods.
  • Understand the regulatory framework governing environmental and social aspects of infrastructure projects and learn how to align E&S and resettlement planning with international donor regulations.
  • Employ best practices for avoidance and minimization of negative environmental impacts of rural road construction projects from erosion control, waste management, and habitat preservation to pollution prevention, sustainable use of water resources, and biodiversity preservation.
  • Manage social impacts of rural road projects by understanding community dynamics and preserving cultural heritage.
  • Develop effective resettlement action plans that support the active rebuilding of livelihoods.
  • Engage stakeholders and define an effective communication plan.
  • Assess the performance of E&S mitigation measures and plan for improvement.


Program Contents

First day

  • Rural connectivity, infrastructure, and development
  • Implications of rural road development – What are the potential environmental and social impacts?
  • Legal and regulatory framework for E&S management
  • Social and cultural specificities of rural areas
  • International standards and guidelines for E&S management
  • Environmental and social risk classification
  • Environmental and Social Commitment Plan

Second Day

  • Overview of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)
  • Environmental management in rural road construction
  • Erosion control and sedimentation prevention
  • Waste management
  • Resource efficiency, pollution prevention, and abatement in rural road construction
  • Labor and working conditions in rural road construction

Third day

  • Community health and safety
  • Land acquisition and restrictions on land use
  • Involuntary resettlement
  • Designing a resettlement action plan (RAP)
  • Compensation, livelihood restoration, and community support
  • Biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of living natural resources

Fourth Day

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Local cultures, traditions, and cultural sensitivity
  • Preservation of cultural heritage
  • Information disclosure
  • Addressing community concerns
  • Stakeholder engagement planning and implementation

Fifth Day – Full-day exposure visit and panel discussions

The last day of the program shall be dedicated to the exposure visit and study tour to a selected rural road construction site in the host country. Throughout the day, training delegates shall meet subject-matter experts working on the development of rural infrastructure and engage in panel discussions around key challenges and best practices.

Program Methodology

The program focuses on enhancing practical skills and knowledge of Environmental and Social Management and Resettlement Action Planning. The presentation, exercises, simulations, case studies, and discussion questions are explicitly tailored to professionals working on E&S management in rural infrastructure development, specifically road projects.

Proven adult-learning methodology and principles guide the entire process intending to maximize the effectiveness of the delivery and create a long-lasting impact. Practical exposure and study tour alongside panel discussions target enhancing real-life capabilities.

Host Country Profile

The kingdom of Cambodia has showcased significant improvements in rural road systems throughout recent years. However, transportation costs are still on the higher end. As roads are the major transportation mode, intensive investments are needed, especially in rural areas. Rural roads represent over 75% of the entire network of which only slightly over 5% have been paved so far.

The Cambodian Government has been actively partnering with the World Bank, the ADB, the EIB, and JICA to accelerate investments in rural road connectivity. The country has accumulated substantial expertise in E&S management of rural road projects including the Resettlement Action Planning and has exhibited success stories over the last decade.

Program Fee

Payment Options

Fee Covers

  • Visa Assistance (complimentary)

  • Participant Assessment

  • Airport Pickup

  • Accommodation

  • Wi-Fi

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Breakfast

  • Workshop Kit

  • Program Materials

  • Program Experts

  • Practical Activities

  • Lunch

  • Refreshments

  • Interactive workshop

  • City Map & Direction

  • Risalat T-shirt (complimentary)

  • Field Visit

  • Program Certificate

  • Entertaining Tour

  • Program Report