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December 1, 2022
In November, various members of the Transport Working Group for Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the Argentine Conference on Mammalogy in Puerto Iguazú, Misiones Argentina in two activities related to road networks and biodiversity. These activities were supported by the Atlantic Forest Research Center, the Institute of Subtropical Biology-Universidad Nacional de Misiones, the Argentine Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, GEF-UNDP ARG 21/G28 Project, the Conservation Leadership Program, the Administration of National Parks of Argentina and the Fundación Vida Silvestre, among others.
The first one was the Symposium: Road infrastructure and conservation of mammals, experiences in Latin America, on Tuesday, November 8; whose objective was to strengthen and promote the discipline of route ecology in the academic field of the study and conservation of mammals, through the dissemination of studies and experiences in Latin America.
For this, there were presentations on experiences from Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Paraguay, both in aspects of the impacts of the road network on fauna, as well as in the monitoring of applied environmental measures and citizen science.
This space opened the doors for the identification of people who have been working in the Region, and are interested in working together with the LAC-TWG group. Similarly, the Symposium served to position the issue within the Argentine country and the South American area, the importance of taking actions both in research and management for the implementation of mitigation measures.
The second activity was the Course: Road infrastructure hand in hand with biodiversity: From the diagnosis of impacts to the implementation and evaluation of measures, developed on November 13 and 14. The course had a theoretical day where the members of LAC-TWG offered 5 modules on the topics of impacts, impact assessment, monitoring methodologies, environmental measures, and inter-institutional management.
The second day was a field trip to learn about the experience of mitigation measures applied and the first ecoduct built in Latin America. The Course had a participation of 75 attendees from Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Peru, in addition to 12 provinces of Argentina. Participants represented sectors of Government in the Environmental area, Roads/Public Works, Academia, NGOs, and Environmental Consultants.
The Course allowed the exchange of knowledge among all the participants, sharing experience in their actions and the need for this joint work among the various actors. The need to have scientific data for decision-making for the implementation of mitigation measures was highlighted. Similarly, the importance of generating an exchange of experiences locally, being such a large and diverse country.