Session on biodiversity and infrastructure at the Transport Arena Forum (TRA2022) in Portugal

TRA is the premier transport research event in Europe and was held in Portugal in October 2022. Under the theme “Moving together – reimagining mobility worldwide”, TRA2022 brings together experts from around the world to discuss innovations and the future of mobility and transport. By developing innovative solutions, TRA Lisboa 2022 aims to achieve more efficient, safe, carbon-free, inclusive, and sustainable transport in all its forms.

MINUARTIA participated as a speaker in the session organized by the European project BISON (Biodiversity and Infrastructure Synergies and Opportunities for European Transport Networks). This is a HORIZON 2020 project that aims to promote the integration of biodiversity in the development of transport infrastructure in Europe.
The session addressed emerging trends and opportunities on the integration of biodiversity and transport (adaptation to climate change, invasive species, safety risks due to collisions with wildlife, etc.), highlighted best practices and identified knowledge gaps and barriers that prevent the integration of biodiversity and transport infrastructure.

In the second part, the session focused on identifying and prioritizing research and innovation needs for better integration of biodiversity and transport infrastructure throughout all phases of the infrastructure’s life cycle. Finally, draft recommendations to promote the integration of biodiversity into national policies and legislation, including its prioritization and applicability, were discussed.