IENE 2012 International Conference – Safeguarding ecological functions across transport infrastructure, October 21-24 2012, Potsdam-Berlin, Germany

IENE (Infra Eco Network Europe) 2012 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation “Safeguarding ecological functions across transport infrastructure”, organized in cooperation with the German Federal Government and the Swedish Transport Administration, will be held from October 21-24, 2012 in Potsdam-Berlin, Germany.

Kalkofen green bridge, Rheinfelden, Germany ©IENE

Conference sessions will hold place on October 22-24, followed by the IENE General Assembly, while three different practical field excursions will precede the conference on October 21. Offered field excursions are “Holsatian Habitat Corridors” at the Kiebitzholm ecoduct in Schleswig-Holstein, “Network of biotopes – Wild Cat Corridor” between Hainich National Park and Thuringian Forest in Thuringia, and “Ecological Corridor South Brandenburg” at the newly completed green bridge crossing over A9 Motorway near Niemegk in Brandenburg.

Professors, researchers and policy coordinators from Harvard University, European Commission, German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Kiel University (Germany), Alterra, Wageningen University and Research Institute in Wageningen (The Netherlands) and Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology in Melbourne (Australia) as plenary speakers, as well as numerous conference participants, will address some of the most critical issues in the transportation-ecology conflict.

Topics covered include the concepts of Green infrastructure and its possible implications for infrastructure planning, as well as the approaches in mitigation measures planning for wildlife which would cover the greater number of species. Moreover, practical experiences from monitoring and evaluation studies, infrastructure impact thresholds on wildlife, and methods for increasing public awareness will also be presented and discussed.

IENE is a network of authorities, institutes and experts addressing the effects of linear transportation networks (primarily roads, railways and waterway canals) on wildlife habitats, through the phenomena of habitat fragmentation. Improved transportation network transects the natural habitats causing their loss and isolation, which in turn prevents wildlife species from freely dispersing through the landscape and maintaining viable population size, i.e. leading to the rapid decline in biodiversity.

Initiated in 1996, IENE network provides an independent, international and interdisciplinary platform for the exchange and development of expert knowledge in addressing this threatening issue. By organizing international conferences, workshops and symposia, IENE addresses decision makers, planners and researchers from the sectors of transport and environment as well as the public, aiming to promote a safe and ecologically sustainable pan-European transport infrastructure.