Infrastructure development has direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts with impacts extending beyond the immediate surroundings where construction and use occur. Many impacts on biodiversity are long term eventually leading to a reduction in available natural habitat, restriction in the movement of fauna and decline in population sizes of species. The impacts tend to be complex affecting not only wildlife population dynamics but also ecosystems on which both humans and wildlife depend. With development continuing at a rapid pace throughout the world, a different approach i.e., multilevel approach, is required as traditional mitigation approaches based on Environmental Impact Assessments do not capture the impacts of infrastructure on a landscape level.
The focus of the course is to strengthen the application of the mitigation hierarchy at all levels of the project cycle and strengthen linkages between biodiversity protection and good engineering in design, construction and operation across different sectors (roads, hydroelectric projects, wind and ports). The course will discuss: the multilevel approach to infrastructure development, upstream tools; ecological assessment tools; good engineering practices at the project level; construction management in sensitive areas; and good practices in offsets planning.
This 2-day course relying on good practice case studies and exercises will demonstrate practical solutions to protect biodiversity. It will also highlight the opportunities for enhancing biodiversity values in infrastructure projects and the use of indigenous and local knowledge for the identification of mitigation measures. Participants will also receive a comprehensive set of manuals and guidelines on biodiversity assessment methodologies, habitat assessments, protection of biodiversity in infrastructure projects, and design of offsets.
Prerequisites: General knowledge of the EIA process and an interest in protecting biodiversity from infrastructure development.
Duration: 2 days (22-23 April)
Price: US $480
Juan D. Quintero, Director, Environmental Engineering Consultants, LLC. (USA)
Aradhna Mathur, Environmental Specialist, The World Bank (USA)