International seminar: Transport infrastructure and Biodiversity at a nexus of challenges

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Transport infrastructure is one of the drivers of global economic development. It is also one of the main causes of climate change and the decline in biodiversity. Indeed, very heavy investments are currently being made to address this and meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement. However, the impact on biodiversity is much less well known and understood. Given the heightened global concern over this issue, new regulations and approaches with stricter biodiversity standards are expected in the wake of the negotiation of a new global framework within the Convention on Biological Diversity. Yet given the dearth of research-based guidance on how to address biodiversity concerns through the development of transportation infrastructure, no broad consensus exists on how to create a biodiversity-friendly transportation sector.

At the end of two and a half years of work, under the combined auspices of the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the United Nations Environment Programme-led Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP), this seminar will convene diverse national, regional and international high-level actors or stakeholders into an event aiming at engaging in dialogue on the subject of infrastructure and biodiversity.

Major results of the BISON project will be presented on June 6, and then proceeding to a full day dedicated to connections between the results of the BISON project and the wider sustainable infrastructure community.

In collaboration with the SIP and international partners, the 7 June joint seminar will explore ways to feed the research results into policymaking and investment decisions, and to catalyze next steps.Preliminary agenda

The event will take place in a hybrid format to facilitate the dissemination but speakers will be in presential.

Final Seminar of the BISON project (5 and 6 June)

June 5: afternoon will be for BISON project members, advisory group members and invited partners only.
Where? ENGEES 1 Cr des Cigarières, 67000 Strasbourg,

June 6 and 7: will be dedicated to the restitution of the various works and will be open to all.
Where? Council of Europe Av. de l’Europe, 67000 Strasbourg, France

Two extra days supported by the MTECT and the OFB will bring further opportunities to deepen topics and works with smaller groups of discussion.

CLICK here to register from 6-7  June

June 8 will be a half day dedicated to young researchers and thematic workshops. It will be organised in conjunction with the BISON project. To register click here.
On the same day technical meetings will take place (Moderated access)
Where? ENGEES 1 Cr des Cigarières, 67000 Strasbourg

June 9: Field visits will take place on. (Moderated access)
Click here to find out more about the Fields trips

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Acknowledgements: This event is financed by funds from the BISON project, by the Ministry of Ecological Transition – General Directorate for Sustainable Development (MTE – CGDD), the French Office of Biodiversity (OFB) and the Agency for Ecological Transition (ADEME) with the technical and logistical support of UNEP, Duke University, the IENE association, the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), the International Railway Union (UIC), EDF and the companies members of the UPGE.

We thank ENGEES and the Council of Europe for their unfailing support.)


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