Environment, Disaster and Climate Change, BNTF

The focus on disaster risk reduction and management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and renewable energy and energy efficiency are inherent to BNTF’s emphasis on building stronger and safer infrastructure. In keeping with the strategic directions of the Bank, the programme promotes the use of alternative energy and energy efficiency.   BNTF resources enable the integration of environmental disaster/hazard risk and climate change into decision-making and planning, design interventions which reduce the vulnerability of coastal and other infrastructures, livelihoods and services, and promote further inclusion of alternative energy sources and climate resilient infrastructure in Country Projects. 

BNTF is a Category “B” programme based on CDB’s Environment and Social Review Guidelines. This means that projects are likely to have limited adverse and site-specific environmental and social impacts that are readily identified and for which mitigation and management measures are known and available.  A limited or focused environmental impact assessment may be required to address specific issues by the application of mitigation measures included in an environmental management plan.  Under the BNTF all sub-project applications submitted to CDB include a completed and signed copy of the Environmental Screening Form.  Engineering designs and construction activities are assessed closely to ensure that they incorporate disaster mitigation and hazard resistant techniques.