TUESDAY April 7th 15:00–19:00h, Évora, Portugal
The LIFE SAFE CROSSING project aims to implement actions that reduce the impact of transportation infrastructure on priority large carnivore species (Brown bear, Wolf and Iberian lynx) in Greece, Italy, Romania and Spain. To mitigate the effects of road mortality and the barrier effect threatening large carnivore populations, the project will rely on experience gained in a previous LIFE project during which an innovative Animal-Vehicle Collisions Prevention System was successfully developed. Methods to identify locations where mitigation measures would be more cost effective, increasing road permeability by adapting crossings for wildlife use and techniques to raise drivers’ awareness are also part of the project. In this framework, the goal of the workshop is to share information and exchange knowledge with organisations working on the topic of large carnivores and transportation. The main expected output is the production of recommendations to increase the effectiveness of the actions planned in the project and to create a networking platform that can contribute to replicate the actions in other study areas in which the long-term conservation of large carnivore populations should be guaranteed.
WEDNESDAY April 8th
Most of the Linear Infrastructures networks worldwide were built prior to the dissemination and mandatory implementation of Environmental Impact Assessment policies. Therefore, many of these infrastructures are not prepared to couple with biodiversity conservation issues and need to be adapted. Very often simple and inexpensive solutions can be used to increase environmental performance of old infrastructures. We will discuss successes and failures of actions/ adaptations often implemented to reduce the ecological impacts of Linear Infrastructures and strategies to promote a widespread dissemination of solutions which proved to be successful. We will use the experience of the LIFE LINES project (LIFE14 NAT/PT/001081) to contribute to this discussion. The project aims to essay, evaluate and disseminate practices directed at mitigation of negative effects from transport/energy infrastructures on biodiversity. Simultaneously, it contributes to the creation of a demonstrative Green Infrastructure based in habitat corridors and stepping-stones that increase connectivity and improve conservation of local/ regional biodiversity. Its target area is one of the main transport/ energy corridors linking Portugal to Spain. Through this seminar, we will also gather inputs from shared experiences and networking to use in the Post-LIFE Communication and Conservation Plan.