Environmental Supervision

Environmental supervision during infrastructure project construction and operation and maintenance provides a mechanism to measure a project’s environmental and social performance in terms of the goals and obligations established. Supervision results can help verify performance and provide important information that allow, as needed, corrections and enhancements to address potential problems, challenges and also opportunities for improving environmental sustainability. It also can provide feedback to relevant stakeholders, including local communities. The supervision approach should be commensurate with the nature of the project and its environmental and social risks and impacts, and be designed to be effective and efficient. Preferably, the approach should build upon existing systems such as regulatory compliance or contractual supervision, and can incorporate different stakeholders (e.g., local communities, independent experts, NGOs, etc.) to enhance the quality and credibility of results.