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Biodiversity and infrastructure synergies and opportunities for European transport networks.

Watch the presentation of the BISON project at the IENE 2022 conference

At the IENE 2022 conference, Carme Rossell (Minuartia), Yannick Autret (MTES) and Thierry Goger FEHRL) presented the BISON project. Watch the video below

BISON invited to the Transport Research Arena Conference

On Wednesday 16 November, BISON is invited by Transport Research Arena conference to consider how to enhance biodiversity mainstreaming into transport. In the first part, the session will be tackled, the emerging trends and opportunities for mainstreaming biodiversity...

BIM and Biodiversity (Deliverable D3.5)

How to integrate the protection of biodiversity at the heart of development and management processes of buildings and infrastructures? The deliverable D3.5 of the BISON project "Application of BIM (Building Information Model) and other tools to standardise Data"...

FUTURE TRENDS AND EMERGING TOPICS (Deliverable 3.4)

The present report explores selected recognized trends and anticipated changes in transportation, technology, climate, natural and human environment and discusses the challenges and opportunities for mainstreaming biodiversity in the transport sector. These trends...

Experts propose solutions for sustainable European transport by mainstreaming biodiversity

Key points If business-as-usual prevails, by 2050, there will be twice as many roads and railways than in 2010.. 27 % of the land surface in the EU- (27+UK) is highly fragmented Transport sustainability policies focus on CO2 reduction, but largely miss another key...

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European Union flagThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006661.

General information

Biodiversity and Infrastructure Synergies and Opportunities for European Transport Networks (BISON)

In Europe, the need to make infrastructure more sustainable for biodiversity while ensuring their reliability and efficiency is urgent.

Indeed, Europe needs to adapt its existing infrastructure to new climatic conditions (floods, droughts …), as well as find innovative and sustainable solutions to reduce the impact of invasive species and address the decline of native species and ecosystem fragmentation. Simultaneously, the sharp rise in the development of new transport infrastructure, especially in Eastern Europe, must support economic development while paying particular attention to the local biodiversity, which is often endemic.

Faced with these needs, for the first time the European Union funds a 3 million euros Coordination and Support Action project on the topic of transport and biodiversity issues. As part of the last calls under H2020, the BISON project is timely to set the ground and upscale research on these topics in the next European research framework programme 2021-2027 (HORIZON EUROPE).

Budget (k€)

Partners

+ 6 third parties

Countries

Duration (months)

Start 1 January 2021
End 30 June 2023

Objectives

The BISON project will meet the above aim through the specific objectives below:

Identify research and innovation needs for biodiversity mainstreaming in transport infrastructure.

Support European Member States to fulfil their regional and international commitments for sustainable development.

Detect the methods and materials that can be used by different transport modes to mitigate pressure on biodiversity.

Develop collaboration among European Member States to become political leaders on jointly addressing biodiversity and infrastructure challenges.

Make infrastructure more performant and reliable.

Partners

This project, led by a consortium of 39 European members and associated countries, aims to tackle the integration of biodiversity with the development of infrastructure, including roads, railways, waterways, airports, ports, or energy transport networks.

BISON partners by status

BISON partners by status (graphic)

Advisory group

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The Advisory Group will be involved throughout the duration of the project, regarding:
  • the co-design of the BISON project;
  • the review of intermediate and final results;
  • the dissemination of the results and contribution to implementation and exploitation strategy.
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The Advisory Group will provide external expert advice to ensure that the implementation of the project supports a multimodal transport approach, while also provide support in reaching an increased level of stakeholder and public awareness and further roll-out of project results beyond the duration of the project.

Multiple outcomes

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State-of-the-art on mitigating infrastructure impacts on biodiversity, from collisions to ecosystem fragmentation to pollution.
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Strategic Research and Deployment Agenda (SRDA):
  • Identify research needs and opportunities for synergy in future R&I.
  • Identify opportunities to deploy acquired knowledge on the ground.
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Funding optimization for infrastructure R&I.
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Public policy coordination and cross-sectoral improvements.
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Engagement with key stakeholders and creation of a transnational community of experts.

European Union flagThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006661.

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