The Role of IDB’s Safeguard Policies in Promoting Sustainable Infrastructure: A Comparative Analysis between IDB’s Safeguards and the Envision Rating System

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Nov 2016
This report investigates the benefits, products, and effectiveness of the IDB's Environmental and Social Safeguards policies. In an effort to identify how and in what way Safeguards policies contribute to sustainable infrastructure projects, a comparative analysis was carried out between IDB policies and the Envision Rating System for Sustainable Infrastructure. Furthermore, a detailed analysis of nine IDB-financed projects illustrates how the application of Safeguards has influenced sustainability performance in practice, as well as the role of specialists in utilizing the Safeguards framework to facilitate sustainability improvements, and to identify opportunities for upstream work.