The presentations of the meeting about ecological restoration and transport infrastructures are available

The meeting ‘Restauración Ecológica y vías de transporte’ was held between May 31 and June 2 in Seville, Spain. It was jointly organized by the Spanish Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge and the European projects LIFE Safe-Crossing and LIFE LynxConnect. The Infrastructure and Ecology Network Europe (IENE) organisation also participated in the event.

The seminar was promoted by the Working Group on Habitat Fragmentation caused by Transport Infrastructures (GTFHT), in which administrations and experts on transport and biodiversity have been cooperating for more than 20 years. At the event, participants discussed how ecological restoration and the reduction of habitat fragmentation caused by transport routes can contribute to favouring biodiversity and adaptation to climate change.

Progress in the drafting of the National Defragmentation Plan were presented, as was an update to Document 6 of the Technical Prescriptions of the GTFHT on the identification of priority areas to be defragmented. MINUARTIA provided technical assistance to develop both works and collaborated in their presentations.

At the seminar, studies and actions were presented that have been carried out within the framework of the two LIFE projects on reducing the impacts of roads and railways on the conservation of large carnivores such as the brown bear, the wolf and the Iberian and boreal lynx. MINUARTIA, a partner of the LIFE Safe Crossing project, participated in the organization of the workshops and gave a presentation on how to adapt crossing structures (drains, overpasses and underpasses) to facilitate their use by wildlife.

The book of abstracts, the presentations made and the conclusions of the sessions are available here.

A Video on the National Defragmentation Plan is also accessible.