Sustainable infrastructure is one whose projects are planned, built and operated in a way that guarantees economic and financial, social, environmental and institutional sustainability throughout the life cycle of the project.
To the extent that it is identified how the current processes of the project life cycle influence the design and development of the infrastructure, we will be able to focus efforts on improving them in order to reduce the environmental impact caused by the development of the works, increase competitiveness, conduct adequate public consultation processes, improve levels of transparency and finally reduce delays and cost overruns in projects. Only then can we achieve an infrastructure that is people-centered, friendly to natural resources, and resilient to climate change and other large-scale events.
What is InfraS?
InfraS is a tool designed by CoST Honduras that presents a series of visualizations built from open data. The purpose of InfraS is to promote a decision-making process, by the relevant authorities, based on evidence and thus contribute to the design and implementation of more sustainable and resilient infrastructure projects.
Infrastructure is sustainable, from an environmental perspective, when it is developed making efficient use of natural resources and following processes that reduce environmental pollution during all stages of the project's life cycle. It is also resilient to climate change and natural disasters when designed considering a location and conditions of the natural environment free of risks.
This component presents visualizations associated with environmental licensing, the location of projects in environmentally sensitive areas and in priority areas for risk and disaster management of public infrastructure projects.
Infrastructure is sustainable, from an institutional perspective, when projects are aligned with the National Plan and international commitments, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Good project planning, efficient, competitive and transparent procurement are essential criteria for sustainable infrastructure.
This component presents views on the efficiency, openness and transparency in the contracting processes associated with public infrastructure projects.
Infrastructure is sustainable, from a social perspective, when it contributes to improving the quality of life and well-being of the inhabitants, and it takes into account the impacts that the projects have on the communities and associated interest groups. This dimension includes issues such as resettlement and economic displacement, citizen participation and public consultation, as well as the design of projects that promote social inclusion, equity and, where possible, support for the formation of human capital.
This component presents visualizations about the projects that have had some impact on resettlement.
The infrastructure is sustainable, from an economic and financial perspective, when the maximum value of the asset and the best returns are sought, with viable financing models and, where possible, with low transaction costs.
This component presents the distribution of current investment in infrastructure by institution, sector and regions of the country.