Comments on the World Bank’s Draft Guidance Note for Borrowers ESS5: Land Acquisition, Restrictions on Land Use and Involuntary Resettlement
In December 2017, CCSI sent comments to the World Bank regarding its Draft Guidance Note for Borrowers ESS5: Land Acquisition, Restrictions on Land Use and Involuntary Resettlement.
CCSI’s overarching comments on the Guidance Note were that:
- Its description of affected persons and their rights contradicts and undermines international consensus on land governance supported by the Bank
- It fails to provide any guidance on when involuntary resettlement should be considered unavoidable or how Borrowers can prioritize project designs that actually minimize displacement or other harms
- It fails to put rights-holders (or “affected stakeholders”) at the center of solutions
- Its discussion of retroactive applicability is wholly unsatisfactory, and risks the Bank condoning actions that completely fail to meet requirements of the Safeguards
- It could do more to explain how forced evictions will be avoided through the application of ESS5