Meeting on Ecological Connectivity in November in Spain

Published the 09/20/2013 #Connectivity #Railways #Roads #Spain

A Spanish meeting with the title “Ecological connectivity and Transport Infrastructures” will take place on the 13th to the 14th of November, Cáceres (Extremadura). 

Roads and railways are barriers that hinder the migration and dispersal of organisms across the territorial matrix. It is essential to make these barriers permeable, to allow movements of organisms, particularly at the most vulnerable points of the system: the intersection of transport routes and ecological corridors. At a strategic level, land and infrastructure planning must include mechanisms that promote these actions, in order to increase the sustainability of the entire road infrastructure network. In recent decades, road and railway engineering has integrated these aspects in the design and construction phases of new infrastructure. Consequently, the vast majority of new constructions take ecological corridors into account, but there are still significant areas that require progress.

In this context, the aim of the conference is to provide an arena to discuss how those involved in the planning, construction and management of transport infrastructures and biodiversity management can work together to strengthen and restore the green infrastructure and the degraded ecosystems in the short and medium term. During the conference, we will discuss these issues in the context of international policies and interventions and provide some practical examples of how to face these challenges in different territories.

The aim of the meeting  is to provide some practical examples of how to face the challenge of making the conservation and restoration of ecological connectivity compatible with the development of transport networks.

The meeting will be in Spanish but there will be simultaneous interpretation in English.

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Read more (in Spanish) on the website of the meeting.