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18 May 2018

Infrastructure and nature: a topic that cannot be neglected!

Between 16 and 17 May 2018 a two day long event on the connections between nature and infrastructure was held in the Budapest Zoo with the co-organisation CEEweb for Biodiversity, the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention, WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme, the Hungarian IENE network, MTA-Ecological Research Centre, and Varangy Akciócsoport.

Hungarian researchers presented the newest findings on road ecology. Topics covered amongst others floristic researches on newly spreading plants in Europe from the West to the East (Cochlearia danica), invasive animal species showing up along roads (Drosophila suzukii), the long history of frog saving in Hungary, the elaboration of the green infrastructure strategy for Hungary, and environmental education in the Hungarian railway company (MÁV). CEEweb, represented by Elizabeth Óhegyi had the honor to moderate a session. The Hungarian session was followed by an international session with presenting the status quo of the TRANSGREEN project (WWF-DCP) and a newly developed roadkill registration system (Transport Research Centre, CDV, Czech Republic).

The Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention held the reconciliation of its Transport Working Group with the Ministry representatives of Romania, Slovakia and Poland. The future Action Plan for the Protocol on Sustainable Transport was discussed in detail and was supported by EURAC Research with a workshop, thus the first steps were made to elaborate such document, which, in the future, will hopefully not only be adopted but applied as well in European road construction processes.

TRANSGREEN project is supporting the above mentioned process. 10 partners and 10 associated partners from 8 countries (Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Poland, Slovenia) are working on pilot areas and collect experiences from the fields of concern until June 2019.

The meeting will be followed up in September 2018 in Bratislava, with the Mid-term event of the TRANSGREEN project together with the meeting of the Carpathian Convention Working Groups (biodiversity, transport and spatial planning).

We express our deepest gratitude for the Budapest Zoo for their generous and kind offer for providing the beautiful location and conference room.