The technical symposium Conectividad ecológica y vías de transporte (Ecological connectivity and transport infrastructure) was held on 23 and 24 November in the Complejo Cultural San Francisco in Cáceres. It was the fifth symposium to be organized in the framework of the Working Group on Habitat Fragmentation due to Transportation Infrastructure, which was formed in 1999 and brings together the environmental and transport administrations of the regional governments and the Spanish state.
The aim of the symposium was to reflect on how to use the planning, construction and management of both transport and environmental infrastructure to contribute to strengthening ecological connectivity and green infrastructure and to restoring degraded ecosystems.
During the symposium other aspects were discussed, and good practices were presented on ways to address these challenges in different territories and how to foster social participation in the development of projects. On the first day, eleven papers were given, including those by experts from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the NGO BUND. Friends of the Earth Germany, the Schleswig-Holstein State Foundation for Nature Conservation (also from Germany), and the Infra Eco Network Europe (IENE). The second day a visit was organized to observe the defragmentation and habitat restoration activities that have been carried out in different areas of Extremadura.
The symposium was organized by the Directorate General for Environmental Quality and Assessment and the Natural Environment, which is attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment (MAGRAMA), and the General Directorate for the Environment, which is part of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Environment and Energy, Regional Government of Extremadura. In addition, support was provided by Cáceres Provincial Council, the Life+ Iberlince project and IENE, the international organization.
Minuartia was the technical secretary for the symposium and assisted the Regional Government of Andalusia and MAGRAMA in the selection of international speakers.
All of the information about the event as well as the papers that were presented are available at the following link