World Bank Adopts Action Plan for Lima Transportation Project

The World Bank’s board of directors adopted on Friday (June 17) an action plan prepared by the bank’s management team in response to the recommendations of an independent review of the World Bank-funded Lima Urban Transport Project in Peru.

The review was conducted by an independent inspection panel on the request of residents of Lima’s Barranco district who complained of the increased traffic and subsequent health and safety concerns caused by the project. The panel focused on determining whether the bank’s environmental and cultural policies were adhered to in the implementation of the project and whether the World Bank’s role to supervise government implementation of the project was followed.

“In its investigation, the Panel identified five areas where relevant Bank policies on Supervision, Environmental Assessment  and Cultural Property were not complied with, and where policy compliance could have helped minimize or mitigate the adverse impacts on the residents of Barranco,” Roberto Lenton, chairman of the panel, said in a news release.

The panel was established by the World Bank’s executive directors to address the concerns of people affected by the lender’s projects and ensure that the bank complies with its operational policies and procedures from project design to implementation.

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