USAID mandatory operating policy requires “Incorporating environmental factors and mitigative measures identified in IEEs, EAs, and EISs, as appropriate, in the design and the implementation instruments for programs, projects, activities or amendments.” (Automated Directives System (ADS) 204.3.4(a)(6).)
Beyond this, best practice environmental compliance language in solicitations and awards requires that:
- Proposals address qualifications and proposed approaches to compliance/ESDM for environmentally complex activities.
- Implementing partners verify current and planned activities annually against the scope of the 22 CFR 216 environmental compliance documentation governing their project. (i.e. request for categorical exclusion (RCE); Initial Environmental Examination (IEE), or Environmental Assessment (EA)).
- A complete Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP) exists or is developed.
- Project workplans and budgets integrate the EMMP
- Project reporting tracks EMMP implementation
Such Best Practice Environmental Compliance Language assures that the systems and resources necessary for systematic compliance with environmental management requirements established by IEEs and EAs are in place, and provide USAID with the information needed to oversee environmental compliance in funded activities.
The ADS Help Document Environmental Compliance: Language for Use in Solicitations and Awards (ECL) provides step-by-step guidance and boilerplate to generate best practice language for RFAs, RFPs, agreements, grants and contracts. Its use is optional, but strongly encouraged by all BEOs.
- Download the ECL PDF (109 KB)
- Download the ECL factsheet PDF (109 KB) for a summary of the goals, purposes, and value of the ECL.