As with all USAID projects, WINNER is responsible for the implementation of the provisions of Regulation 216 concerning environmental compliance in the execution of its activities. In 2011, WINNER prepared a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) that identifies environmental issues and recommended mitigation measures for cluster of activities described in our work plan. The PEA was approved by the USAID Environmental Officer and is being used to determine the environmental mitigation measures to be included in our activities. Further, we are monitoring the implementation of these mitigation measures and we report on them in the Environmental Monitoring Reports (EMRs).
In the coming year, we will continue to identify mitigation measures that apply to all WINNER activities and to monitor the implementation of these measures in the field. Further, we will prepare full environmental assessments (EAs) prior to starting major infrastructure projects (e.g., roads) or projects deserving special considerations (e.g., large-scale plantation of jatropha). WINNER will work closely with the Regional Environmental Advisor and the Mission Environmental Officer to identify specific projects that might require EAs over and beyond the provisions of the PEA.
WINNER is already training Master Farmers in environmental management. In addition, we plan to train farmers in the proper use and application of pesticides and fungicides. We will also be implementing demonstration plots showcasing sustainable agriculture and Integrated Pest Management at our Sustainable Rural Development Centers (CRDDs).WINNER will strictly follow the mission-wide PERSUAP to promote the safe and reliable use of pesticides and fungicides. We have included a project-level activity (see Project Level 1.1.5) to train beneficiaries in the safe use of pesticides and fungicides. This activity will be implemented through a subcontract with Sun Mountain.