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.
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.
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.