Environmental compliance in aquaculture

The 22CFR216 made USAID legally responsible and accountable to ensure environmental compliance in all of its activities. The Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity received environmental clearance under Mission IEE, Asia 17-078 on 9 August 2017.The IEE was then translated into a management/operational plan, which is called an Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP). The prime objective of the EMMP is to ensure that there are no or minimal negative impacts on the environment and people. In order to execute the EMMP efficiently, a handbook has been developed based on the considerations as specified in the EMMP and PERSUAP, 2015 and 2018 (Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plan). As part of awarding a sub-grant, Environmental Due Diligence (EDD) is being conducted and a mitigation plan is also provided based on the proposed interventions. WorldFish staff were trained in environmental compliance, and the process is being extended to the sub-grantees. The Activity assists the sub-grantees to include environmental issues in training, communication, good aquaculture/agriculture practices, and good manufacturing practices.