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The examples of project categorization provided below are for illustrative purposes only.

Typical Category A Projects

  • Projects affecting indigenous peoples
  • Construction of dams and reservoirs
  • Projects involving resettlement of communities/families
  • Pesticides and herbicides: production or commercial use
  • All projects which pose serious socioeconomic concerns
  • Major irrigation projects or other projects affecting water supply in a given region
  • Projects associated with induced development (e.g. inward migration)
  • Domestic or hazardous waste disposal operations
  • Projects which impact on cultural property (e.g. religious and archeological sites)
  • Hazardous chemicals: manufacture, storage or transportation above a threshold volume
  • Projects which pose serious occupational or health risks
  • Oil and gas developments, including pipeline construction
  • Impacts on protected natural habitats or areas of high biological diversity including wetlands, coral reefs and mangroves
  • Large infrastructure projects, including development of ports and harbors, airports, road, rail and mass transit systems
  • Forestry operations
  • Metal smelting, refining and foundry operations
  • Mining (opencast and pit)
  • Large thermal and hydropower developments

Typical Category B Projects

  • Breweries
  • Hotel/tourism developments
  • Cement manufacture
  • Mining (small scale)
  • Dairy operations
  • Metal plating
  • Food Processing
  • Modernization of existing plants
  • General manufacturing plants
  • Pulp and paper mills
  • Hospitals
  • Textile Plants

Typical Category C Projects

  • Software development
  • Factoring Companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Share registries
  • Service industries
  • Stockbroking
  • Technical assistance

Typical Category FI Projects

  • Bank
  • Microfinance institution
  • Private equity fund
  • Leasing company
  • Insurance company

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