Richard Castillo: WWF Environmental and Social Safeguards

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Washington, D.C.
June 3 to August 9, 2019

Environmental and Social Safeguards are an integral component of international development projects. WWF is committed to ensuring that its projects not only avoid (or minimize) adverse environmental and social impacts, but also enhance positive impacts to the maximum extent possible.

The Safeguards team under the Public Sector Support Unit ensures that the WWF complies with environmental and social safeguards for all WWF projects.  Richard will work directly with the Lead Safeguards Specialist and the Safeguards Program.  WWF US initially created its Environmental and Social Safeguards Integrated Policies and Procedures (SIPP) 2012 as part of the accreditation process for the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).

Recently, the SIPP was updated in both English and Spanish to reflect the current evolving best practices, including policies on stakeholder engagement, involuntary resettlement, indigenous people, natural habitats, pest management, etc.  Richard will be developing a knowledge and training program to educate other WWF offices and staff (primarily Spanish-speaking) regarding the new SIPP and the implications for how to integrate safeguards into GEF/GCF project preparation and implementation.

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