First mitigation measure placed in three high wildlife mortality sites in Uruguay


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Written by Hugo Coitiño & Agustina Serrón, Ecobio, Montevideo, Uruguay

After several years of work evaluating the mortality of mammals on Uruguayan roads, during 2019 ECOBIO Uruguay together with the Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP), consolidated the implementation of some mitigation measures that are expected to reduce the impacts of roads on biodiversity. The first measure was the installation of signposts in wildlife passage areas, located on three stretches of high mammal mortality on roads No. 9 and No. 15 in the department of Rocha. The selected sites are located near the Laguna de Rocha Protected Landscape, which is part of Uruguay’s National System of Protected Areas (SNAP) and has large areas of wetlands, which are home to a great local biodiversity.

The selection of the sites was based on the records obtained since 2015 by ECOBIO Uruguay. To obtain these data, a citizen science project was launched using ECOrutas, an Epicollect5 based app.

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