Workshops: CEDR 1+2

Workshop

CEDR task 7 – Wildlife and Traffic

Workshop 1: Gaps in COST 341 Handbook Wed 29 Oct 14:30-16:00

Workshop 2: Efficient institutional systems Wed 29 Oct 16:30-18:00

Habitat fragmentation has been recognised as one of the most significant factors contributing to the decline of biodiversity in Europe. Transport infrastructure is a considerable cause of fragmentation.

The CEDR (Conferences of European Directors of Roads) Wildlife and Traffic group has been established in order to discuss and share ┬┤best practice┬┤ and gained experiences with different actions to reduce the impact of infrastructure on biodiversity in Europe.

CEDR arranges two workshops at the IENE conference. The topic for the proposed session falls into the below mentioned already decided major topics for the conference:

  • Policy and planning
  • Monitoring and follow up
  • Mitigating the impact
  • Landscape fragmentation
  • Habitat and landscape effects

Workshop 1: Gaps in COST 341 Handbook

Wednesday 29 September 14:30-16:00

Chair persons: Hans Bekker (NL) and Birgitte Henriksen (DK)

COST 341 is a handbook with recommendations on how to deal with challenges regarding wildlife caused by transport infrastructure.

At the workshop the group will present the results of the questionnaire on usefulness of the COST 341 handbook and other national guidelines sent to the NRAs, March 2010.

The workshop will end with a discussion and common recommendations to the Road Directors concerning best practice on how to reduce the effect on wildlife from transport infrastructure.

 

Workshop 2: Efficient institutional systems

Wednesday 29 September 16:30-18:00

Chair persons: Lars Nilsson (SE) and Birgitte Henriksen (DK)

The workshop deals with strategies to find out fruitful advices on what approach can be taken to solve the conflict between road networks and ecological networks on a strategic, institutional level. Initial discussion within the CEDR working group has indicated that some member states seem to have more success than others in solving these challenges. There are some hypotheses on the causes of the success but this has to be verified in a broader context. All countries are looking for this strategy but it is important to find the success factors in order to speed up the development of the road ecology strategies. The CEDR task group 7 is therefore planning a study where the approaches in different countries are compared and in addition there should be carried out an analysis of the common key factors that seem to lead to success

At the workshop some perspectives are presented ending with a discussion on best practice on institutional aspects.

Contact information, organiser:
CEDR (Conferences of European Directors of Roads) Wildlife and traffic group (task 7), chairman Mrs. Birgitte Henriksen, Danish Road Administration, Niels Juels gade 13, Copenhagen K, bgh@vd.dk.

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