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The Inter-Oceanic Highway will pass through Puerto Maldonado once the Guillermo Billinghurst bridge that will cross the Madre de Dios River is ready. The construcion of the bridge is presently on stand-by due to construction problems. However, the construction in the city have continued and will pass through the road Jiron Cusco which is shown in this snapshot. Once the road will officially pass through Puerto Maldonado product exchange between Brazil and Peru and other export markets is expected to grow as well as new social problems. For long time, Madre de Dios has lacked investment and economic opportunities and at the same time it has been able to preserve one of the most biodiverse hotspots on Earth.
The construction of the highway is part of the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA) which has opened the window for economic integration in South America, but at the same time it has raised increased concern about possible global impacts, such as pasture expansion and forest loss.
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