The purpose of the policy framework is to clarify resettlement principles, organizational arrangements, and design criteria to be applied to subprojects to be prepared during the implementation of the Dominica Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (see OP 4.12, paras. 26-28). Subproject resettlement plans consistent with the policy framework subsequently will be submitted to the Bank for approval after specific planning information becomes available (see OP 4.12, para. 29). This framework is valid for all subprojects implemented under the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project in Dominica.
The development of this framework is in fulfilment of the World Bank’s Policy on Involuntary Resettlement (OP/BP 4.12) whose objectives are that:
- Involuntary resettlement and land acquisition will be avoided where feasible, or minimized, by exploring all viable alternatives.
- Where it is determined that resettlement and land acquisition cannot be avoided, resettlement and compensation activities should be conceived and executed as sustainable development programs with the full involvement and participation of the displaced persons.
- Displaced and compensated persons will be assisted in their efforts to improve their livelihoods and standards of living or at least to restore them, in real terms, to pre-displacement
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