The first ‘Handbook of Road Ecology’ has been published, bringing together the knowledge of authors from around the world

The drafting of the Handbook involved a hundred authors from 25 countries. Among them are researchers from Universities and research centres, as well as recognized experts on the topic from around the world. This mixed team can transfer scientific knowledge to concepts that apply to the planning, implementation, and management of transport infrastructures. The chapter ‘Wildlife crossing structures’ is on fauna passages and is co-authored by Carme Rosell, Director of Minuartia, together with Rod van der Ree from Australia and Dan Smith from the United States.

In over 60 chapters, the document contains information on measures to reduce impacts on biodiversity, such as fauna passages or perimeter fencing, and on some animal groups (bats, large carnivores, ungulates, etc.) or specific topics such as animal mortality through road accidents or the spread of invasive species. In all these cases, the Handbook provides information related to management, summarized as ‘lessons learnt’, which draws from the large amount of literature and studies on the topic.

In the sections, information can be found on the entire life cycle of a project: planning, designing, building and operation. The need to base actions on available scientific knowledge is stressed, as well as the need to monitor measures to evaluate the results.

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