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Managing the Environmental and Social Impacts of a Major IDB-Financed Road Improvement Project in Colombia: The Case of the Pasto-Mocoa Highway

By John Redwood


The Environment and Safeguards Group (ESG) of the IDB has examined how potential environmental and social risks of major Bank-supported road improvement investments in natural resource rich and socio-culturally diverse "frontier" regions have been identified and addressed in various parts of South and Central America. The present paper presents the findings and recommendations for selected ongoing and/or completed IDB-financed road and road related projects in Colombia. To the extent possible, the experience and lessons learned from all major parts of the project cycle -- design/preparation, up-front environmental assessment, implementation/supervision, and monitoring and evaluation -- are considered, as are the analysis and management of direct, indirect and cumulative environmental and social impacts.

Topics: Urban Development, Desarrollo urbano, Environmental Policy, Política ambiental, Disasters, Desastres naturales, Pollution, Polución, Heritage Conservation, Conservación del patrimonio, Water Supply and Sanitation, Suministro de agua y saneamiento, Biodiversidade, Biodiversity, Biodiversidad, Natural Resources Management, Gestión de recursos naturales, road improvement project, risk mitigation, ecologically sensitive areas, EIA, sustainable conservation activities
Year: 2013
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