The IGELI project

International Guidelines for Ecologically-adapted Linear Infrastructure (IGELI)

Final report: “Towards developing sustainable Linear Transportation Infrastructure globally. Recommendations for priorities of international action”

Download the final report here

International Strategy for Sustainable Linear Infrastructure: Stakeholder Engagement

Download the Global Strategy here


Within the framework of the development of international cooperation of IENE, a global approach to environmentally friendly linear infrastructure started during the IENE 2014 International Conference in Malmö, Sweden.

With the cooperation with WWF and the support of Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria and the Swedish Transport Administration, a special project was implemented in 2015 for the development of a trans-border transportation project in Myanmar and Thailand. The presentation of the project at the ICOET 2015 Conference in Raleigh, USA gave the starting point for the idea to develop international guidelines and best practices for environmentally friendly linear infrastructures. The basic partner’s team also included ANET (the Australasian Network for Ecology and Transportation).

The road ahead:

For the implementation of IGELI, the first phase consisted of an international dialogue completed in several meetings and workshops on a global level between 2016 and 2018.

  • The IENE 2016 International Conference, Lyon, France, September 2016
  • The IUCN 2016 World Conservation Congress, Hawaii, USA, September 2016
  • The ICOET 2017 International Conference, Salt Lake City, USA, May 2017
  • The International Forum on Sustainable Infrastructure, Hanoi, Vietnam, May 2017
  • The International Workshop on Sustainable Harmonization of Green with Grey Infrastructure in South Eastern Europe, Faget, Romania, October 2017
  • The TransGreen Interreg Danube-Carpathian Project Conference, Bratislava, Slovakia, September 2018
  • The IENE 2018 International Conference, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, September 2018

At the end of the IGELI first phase, a loose coalition of colleagues and organisations from all over the world developed (IENE, ICOET, ANET,IUCN, WWF including the upcoming 1st African Conference on Linear Infrastructure and Ecology – ACLIE in March 2019) working on International Guidance for Ecologically-adapted Linear Infrastructure.

The first phase of IGELI finalised with the completion of the Report “Towards developing sustainable Linear Transportation Infrastructure globally. Recommendations for priorities of international action”. The recommendations were presented at the COP 14 of the CBD (Sharm El Sheih, Egypt, November2018) and the report shared with the CBD Secretariat.

During a second phaseof IGELI, a more concrete framework is needed for the development of the guidelines project with the draft of an International Strategy for Stakeholders Engagement on Sustainable Linear Infrastructure as discussed during two international conferences:

  • “Sustainable Infrastructure Day” side event in the framework of the COP 14 CBD, Sharm El Sheih, Egypt, November 2018
  • IGELI workshop in ACLIE, Kruger National Park, South Africa, March 2019

After ACLIE 2019 an international working group was established and co-ordinated by the IENE which moves towards the COP 15 of the CBD in 2020 working on the development of an international strategy to engage different stakeholders to mainstreame biodiversity into sustainable development of Linear Infrastructure by integrating the environmental, social and economic components.

The IGELI project:

  • Is relevant to anyone involved in planning, designing, constructing, funding, approving, and managing linear infrastructure from government, private industry, international development banks and other investors, conservation groups, and research institutions.
  • Seeks international feedback on what would make the guidelines realistic and practical in a local context, thereby ensuring that the guidelines will ultimately meet their needs.
  • Seeks opportunities for collaboration from partner organisations and sponsors.

More information:

For any further information please contact the project leader Lazaros Georgiadis, or the IENE Secretariat.

This page was last updated: January 13, 2021