The worldwide growth of linear infrastructure networks is posing a global threat to biodiversity and ecosystem services. On the other side, in the last decades careful planning and several types of solutions have been implemented to counteract the negative impacts of these infrastructures. Monitoring results are increasingly available and innovative structures and actions are being tested and promoted. Landscape genetics, connectivity modeling, remote sensing, GPS animal tracking, etc. are valuable tools that are increasingly used. New mitigation design and thinking (e.g. multifunctionality), are emerging or being consolidated. Habitats related to Linear Infrastructures are progressively being seen as an opportunity for biodiversity conservation with a key contribution for a Green Infrastructure development. Societal awareness for sustainable coexistence of infrastructures and biodiversity is higher than ever, and citizens want to and have the tools to participate in this process.
We aim to joint and share experiences around the world of those involved in linear infrastructures planning and management aiming to increase their sustainability. The focus will be on transportation infrastructures but other linear infrastructures, as electric powerlines, will be considered as well. We will emphasize problems and opportunities that these infrastructures bring for nature conservation; discuss previous successes and failures in mitigation and monitoring; and prospect how new thinking and technology can better harmonize them with the surrounding environment. The role of legislation, financing and civil society involvement in forwarding sustainable solutions will be actively debated. At the end, we will have strengthened relations and links and it will be easier to overcome the challenges associated with the coexistence of linear infrastructures and biodiversity.
The University of Évora, in the name of project LIFE LINES, and the IENE - Infrastructure and Ecology Network Europe welcome you to the IENE 2020 International Conference, whose main theme is LIFE LINES – Linear Infrastructure Networks with Ecological Solutions. The Conference will take place in Évora, Portugal, between 6 and 9 of April 2020. We challenge researchers, engineers, landscape planners, managers, administrators, and policy makers to conciliate linear infrastructures and biodiversity and fulfill the demand for a sustainable development. The Conference will include thematic sessions, side events, workshops, training sessions, field trips, etc. Good Mediterranean food and wine are also in the menu. We hope to see you in Évora and ask you to share this invitation with your friends and other people that may be interested in attending the Conference.