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Our future depends on the conservation of ecosystems and their biodiversity.
Uruguay has one of the most dense road networks in Latin America, which has generated several impacts on biodiversity. This has generated impacts on several priority species for conservation, such as tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla), margay (Leopardus wiedii), bobcat (Leopardus braccatus), coati (Nasua nasua), tatou (Cabassous tatouay) and the mule (Dasypus hybridus). Because of this, since 2015 the NGO ECOBIO Uruguay began working on the issue reaching in 2019 the first mitigation measures in the country.
In 2019 the ECOrutas project is created which through an application of free access cell phone to begin to strengthen the National Network of Monitoring of Roadkill Fauna through the integration of society.
In 2019, work begins in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation and Public Works (MTOP) on the implementation of mitigation measures, which was installed in December in three high mortality sites in the department of Rocha.
Currently in Uruguay there are no specific policies aimed at mitigating the environmental impacts of roads.