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smart energy + transportation infrastructure

Infrastructure investments in remote areas can transform landscapes and watersheds, unleashing irreversible, destructive change. Projects' impacts vary considerably and their approval is dependent on small groups of public decision-makers. Investments, especially remote roads, are often economically inefficient and usually have unnecessarily large environmental and social impacts. These characteristics - variable quality, concentrated decision-making, economic flaws and design shortcomings - add up to a big conservation opportunity, one in which good economic analyses can be influential. CSF's Smart Energy + Transportation Infrastructure program provides training to conservationists and decision-makers, as well as comprehensive cost-benefit analyses of infrastructure projects, such as dams and roads. Keen understanding of these projects at multiple levels of society will result in better decisions and large-scale conservation gains.

The Roads Filter is an analysis tool developed by Conservation Strategy Fund to support conservation and sustainable development. The tool uses a comparative index that considers the environmental, economic, social and cultural implications of road construction projects. It can be used throughout the Amazon region to inform decision makers about a project’s risk levels and possible impacts. In 2011, we applied the Roads Filter to 36 proposed roads in the region. The overall ranking of these roads is seen below.

A higher number means the road presents greater risks in terms of environmental, social and cultural impacts and of low or negative economic returns. Click on the labels at the top of each column to arrange the rankings by country or by criteria - Economic, Environmental, Social, Cultural or Total.

To add a road to the filter, please contact alfonso@conservation-strategy.org

For a complete description of the methodology, please download the Technical Report.

Weights
idsort icon Country Highway Economic Environmental Social Cultural Total
1 Ecuador Via al Emblase Compensador. Coca Codo Sinclair 3.09 3.35 2.00 3.00 3.09
2 Ecuador Coca - La Belleza 2.27 2.63 2.60 1.00 2.40
3 Ecuador Cuenca -Macas 2.35 2.58 3.80 1.00 2.53
4 Ecuador Macuma - Taisha 2.94 2.88 2.10 1.00 2.74
5 Ecuador Sucumbios - Orellana 2.75 2.78 2.00 1.00 2.60
6 Ecuador Lumbaqui - Maderos - Sardina - Puccuna 3.08 3.47 1.70 1.00 3.01
7 Ecuador Vía Acceso: Puerto Mirador 3.36 2.83 1.00 1.00 2.77
8 Ecuador Sushufindi - Pto. Providencia 3.52 2.79 2.10 1.00 2.93
9 Ecuador Sacha - Unión Milagreña 3.01 2.44 4.70 1.00 2.82
10 Ecuador Macuma - Taisha 2.82 2.87 3.20 1.00 2.79
11 Colombia Pasto - Mocoa 2.64 3.15 2.20 3.00 2.84
12 Colombia Nuquí - Las Ánimas 3.56 3.48 1.30 1.00 3.17
13 Colombia Transversal de la Macarena 2.59 3.14 1.70 1.00 2.67
14 Colombia Transversal de las Américas 3.89 3.48 2.40 1.00 3.41
15 Colombia Ruta del Sol , Sector 1 3.16 2.50 4.00 3.00 2.94
16 Colombia Ruta del Sol, Sector 2 3.15 3.14 1.70 1.00 2.90
17 Colombia Ruta del Sol, Sector 3 3.11 3.21 1.70 1.00 2.91
18 Brasil BR-156 3.54 3.17 2.70 1.00 3.16
19 Brasil BR-163 3.08 3.26 1.70 1.00 2.92
20 Brasil BR-230 3.03 3.20 1.00 1.00 2.80
21 Brasil BR-432 3.12 3.02 1.60 1.00 2.82
22 Brasil BR-308 2.59 2.47 3.90 1.00 2.59
23 Brasil BR-422 3.15 3.11 2.60 1.00 2.97
24 Brasil BR-319 3.37 3.82 1.70 1.00 3.29
25 Bolivia Villa Tunari - San Ignacio de Moxos 2.61 3.73 3.30 1.00 3.10
26 Bolivia Porvenir - El Chorro 3.14 3.31 2.00 3.00 3.09
27 Bolivia Pumasani - Pelechuco 2.38 2.37 2.60 1.00 2.33
28 Bolivia Apolo - Ixiamas 2.45 3.89 2.10 3.00 3.09
29 Bolivia Rio Yata - El Chorro 2.43 3.21 4.70 3.00 3.03
30 Bolivia Chiata - Lurasani 3.84 3.06 1.60 1.00 3.12
31 Perú Reposo Saramiriza 2.15 3.57 1.60 3.00 2.77
32 Perú Interconección Pukallpa - Cruzeiro do Sul 2.58 3.44 5.00 3.00 3.23
33 Perú IIRSA Sur (Tramo 2) 2.87 3.60 1.30 3.00 3.05
34 Perú Santa María - Santa Teresa - Machu Pichu 2.64 2.87 2.10 3.00 2.71
35 Perú Purus - Iñapari 2.85 3.85 1.60 3.00 3.18
36 Perú Iberia - Itahuania - LD Cuzco 2.52 4.01 2.00 3.00 3.16