Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Latin America and the Caribbean
Newsletter ISDR Inform - Latin America and the Caribbean
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Plan for Environmental Management Guidance of Road Transportation Corridors
The Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment (USDE) supports the member states of the OAS in promoting trade corridor development an emerging regional planning unit by contributing to an understanding of environmental concerns related to road corridors, identifying existing knowledge and expertise in the region, and promoting corridor development which is resilient to natural hazards. Transportation corridors are important in light of the increasing number and complexity of trade agreements being signed in the Americas, and the resulting increase in transported goods.
The Hemispheric Plan for Environmental Management Guidance of Road Transportation Corridors is a guide to establishing policy, procedures, and standards based on the experiences to date of OAS member states in the environmental management of road corridors.
The Plan is divided
into four areas: 1) a handbook containing policies, planning processes
or procedures, projects (case studies), and preparedness for emergencies;
2) an annotated bibliography; 3) a matrix classifying the documents in
the bibliography; and 4) a section on the implementation and development
of the Plan.
The guidelines cover
the best ways of responding to emergencies caused by natural hazards as
well as man-made disasters related to industrial accidents or the transport
of hazardous materials.
The section on the implementation and development of the Plan presents the actions needed to:
During the Fourth Ibero-American Meeting of Environmental Units in the Transport Sector, held on 19-24 November 2000 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, the Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment of the OAS (OAS/USDE) transferred to the Latin American Society of Environmental Units in the Transport Sector (SLUAT) the mandate to continue coordinating the production of the final draft of the Hemispheric Plan. SLUAT delegated the task to a Plan Advisory Committee (CAPLAN) that will be in charge of disseminating the document, revising it, and collecting feedback on it. The Committee is made up of representatives from several countries and international organizations, and is currently working on revising the Guidebook and incorporating new methodologies into the final draft.