MIA’s role in the implementation of the project “Strengthening disaster risk management, and resilience in Moldova”

The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) will be the entity responsible for managing and monitoring the implementation process of the project “Strengthening Disaster Risk Management and Resilience of the Republic of Moldova” (P504278) that our country will implement.

“The project will be carried out with the direct involvement of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and is financed by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD – World Bank). Recently, our country has developed the draft Social and Environmental Engagement Plan, which will serve as the main basis for the implementation of the program by the roles of the entities involved in this process. It sets out the significant measures and actions that the Republic of Moldova will undertake and pilot. The plan will stipulate, as appropriate, the deadlines for actions, institutional mechanisms, measures and actions in the sphere of personnel, training, monitoring, reporting and management of complaints,” MIA representatives inform.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has the following tasks according to the plan:

  • prepares and submits regular reports to the World Bank,
  • report any incident or accident related to the project,
  • assess and manage environmental risks and social impacts,
  • adopts and implements an environmental, and social management framework for the project,
  • provide technical assistance in the organization of feasibility studies capacity building, and other training.

At the same time, according to the draft Engagement Plan, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will determine within 60 days from the date of entry into force of the plan at the latest, the relevant and responsible entities for the implementation of the project, on the milestones set by the procedures of work management.

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“The engagement plan encompasses a comprehensive approach to managing both hazardous and non-hazardous waste, including e-waste. MAI (Ministry of Internal Affairs) will establish effective measures for pollution prevention and management, accompanied by the development of action plans as necessary. These measures address various facets such as noise and dust emissions and the proper handling of e-waste and construction debris.

Furthermore, the implementation of this plan entails the commitment of the Ministry of Interior’s subdivisions to safeguard road safety and community well-being. This involves conducting thorough assessments of specific risks and impacts stemming from project activities, thereby enabling the implementation of tailored measures. Key considerations include mitigating the risks associated with labor influx, addressing communicable diseases linked to labor presence, and preparedness for emergencies.

To ensure the project’s success, collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Defence are underway. Together, they are formulating a comprehensive training program for project workers, leveraging specialized trainers seconded by the Ministry of Defence,” MIA representatives inform.

Training will focus on occupational health and safety, prevention, and emergency response.

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