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Transport projects based on sustainable practices and informed by science are being developed in Latinamerica, yet, not all of its countries are doing it at the same pace. Knowledge sharing across the region will be key to its collective advancement.
There are 3,414,386 kms of roads in Latin America. The highest densities are located in Jamaica (2.14km/km²), Haiti (0.66), Cuba (0.53), and Uruguay (0.4)
There are plans to expand the road network in several countries (20% in Brazil, 100% in Colombia)
Roads increase deforestation rates, land conversion to agriculture, illegal activities (poaching, logging) and the establishment of human settlements
Nearly 95% of all deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon occurred within 5.5km of roads with lower deforestation rates near protected areas
Nearly 700 species have been recorded as roadkill in Latin America
In the next 5 years, more than 10,000 kms. of roads will be built or improved in the Amazon Basin