IFRTD OPINIONS FAIR 2007 - AUGUST WINNER:
Public consultations to reconcile road construction with the environment
One should wonder whether beyond the potential and vital impact of roads, their reconstruction will accelerate the destruction of the environment? Several studies carried out in the country on the impact of previous road rehabilitation programmes revealed that environmental destruction is the downside of improving the socio-economic living conditions of the beneficiaries of these programmes. But is this a reason to stop constructing roads? This is the question that is the subject of the public consultations that are currently being undertaken in RDC to determine which parts of the road network to rehabilitate.
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