MICI-CII-CO-2019-0152

Ruta del Cacao 4G Toll Road

Country: Colombia

Reception date: December, 27 2019

Current Status: Open

Requesters:

Communities of the municipalities of Bucaramanga, Barrancabermeja, San Vicente de Chucurí, Betulia, Grión and Lebrija in the Department of Santander, Colombia; represented by Gabriel Rangel Mogollón of the organization Veeduría Ciudadana da la Ruta del Cacao VCRC-4G.

Summary of the Request

The Requesters allege negative environmental effects, as well as on their living conditions, their patrimony and their health linked to the construction work and future operation of the highway; which would be generated by inadequate management of environmental and social risks. Specifically, the Request states:

- Possible environmental impacts from the contamination of bodies of water, soil and air that would have been caused by the materials used for the construction of the road, by a potential mishandling of waste and excessive deforestation. This situation, they claim, would be generating significant damage to the flora and fauna of the area.

- Possible impacts on their living conditions and patrimony as construction work would have caused structural damage to homes and businesses where the road crosses. Likewise, they comment on the lack of an adequate resettlement process and subsequent compensation of the affected populations.

- Possible health impacts which would be linked, during the construction stage, by excessive noise, dust and improper waste management. Similarly, regarding potential damages during the commissioning of the road, they warn of a significant increase in vehicular traffic in the area.

Recent actions

On August 14th, MICI submitted its Assessment Report of the Consultation Phase, indicating that a dispute resolution process is feasible. During this stage, the Mechanism conducted 22 bilateral meetings with the Parties and their advisors, as well as a multilateral virtual meeting with representatives from the Client, the IDB Invest and the Requesters. Given the disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the extraordinary measures taken to control its spread, the deadline for the Assessment Stage was extended. MICI-IIC Policy Deadline extensions were approved by the IIC's Board of Executive Directors on April 2nd, 2020.

Past actions

On January 6, 2020, MICI notified the Requesters and Bank Management of the registration of the Request.

On March 20, MICI determined that the Request was eligible because it met all the eligibility criteria established in the MICI Policy. This determination of eligibility is not an assessment of the merits of the Request or of the issues contained therein.

The Request was transferred to the Consultation Phase as per the decision of the Requesters.

Project Number:

12252-01


Environmental Category:

A


Project Name:

Ruta del Cacao 4G Toll Road


Sector:

Transport


Project Type:

Loan


IDB Invest Financing:

COP 375,000,000,000.00


Registration
Registered
Eligibility
Eligible
Assessment
Consultation Process
Monitoring
Recommendation for a CR and ToRs
Investigation
CR Report
Monitoring

Registration

Consultation Phase (CP)

Compliance Review Phase (CRP)

Chronology and documents

Steps and milestones Date Remarks Documents
Registry

27244

Request Receipt

2019-12-27

Requests of a confidential nature are not published.

27245

Notice of Registration

2020-01-06

5 business days from the date of receipt of the Request or 15 business days when further information is required from the Requesters.
Elegibility

27246

Management Response

2020-02-05

21 business days from the date of notice of registration. The response will be published as an annex to the Eligibility Memorandum.

27247

Eligibility due date

2020-03-20

21 business days from the date of receipt of Management Response or 45 business days after the Suspension is granted.

27734

Eligibility Memorandum Public Disclosure

2020-04-06

As per the Access to Information Policy the disclosure of this document is done simultaneous to its distribution to the Board of Executive Directors
Consultation phase
Assessment

28894

Deadline for Assessment

2020-06-03

40 business days from the date of issuance of the eligibility memorandum. Given the disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the extraordinary measures taken to control its spread, the deadline for the Assessment Stage was extended. MICI-IIC Policy Deadline extensions were approved by the IIC's Board of Excecutive Directors on April 2nd, 2020.

28895

Assessment Report Public Disclosure

2020-08-31

As per the IIC’s Disclosure of Information Policy (CII/GN-129-7) the disclosure of this document is done simultaneous to its distribution to the Board of Executive Directors.