IFAD's Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP)
Managing risks to create opportunities
IFAD is committed to enhancing environmental sustainability and resilience in small-scale agriculture in the full range of its projects and programmes. Promoting a sustainable natural resource and economic base for rural people that is more resilient to climate change, environmental degradation and market transformation is at the core of delivering IFAD's poverty reduction and sustainable agriculture mandate.
The new Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP), approved by IFAD's Executive Board in December 2014 outlines how IFAD will address the social, environmental and climate impacts associated with its projects and programmes by:
- setting a priority to adopt guiding values and principles to promote high social, environmental and climate adaptation benefits;
- defining the SECAP process and suitable entry points in the project cycle; mainstreaming social, environmental and climate adaptation sustainability considerations into all its activities; and
- ensuring effective stakeholder engagement, including a procedure to respond to alleged complaints from project-affected individuals /communities.
SECAP is underpinned by IFAD Policy on the Disclosure of Documents and IFAD Complaints Procedures. The purpose of the latter is to receive and respond to alleged complaints of non-compliance with IFAD's environmental and social policies and mandatory elements of SECAP.
The SECAP is implemented by IFAD Country Programme Managers and technical staff who are responsible for developing and providing implementation support to IFAD-funded projects and programmes.