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TRANSGREEN – Integrated Transport and Green Infrastructure Planning in the Danube-Carpathian Region for the Benefit of People and Nature

The network of highways and railways that connect key areas of Hungary and, further on, the country to the rest of Europe, is currently being planned for development. This “large infrastructure” will be developed across the Carpathian Mountains and will cross valuable ecosystems comprised in natural protected areas, including Natura 2000 sites, threatening to fragment and to disturb them. In order to prevent and to diminish these threats and pressures on nature, the TRANSGREEN project worked on helping develop an environmentally-friendly and safe transport network in Hungary, Czechia, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine.

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Biodiversity in the Carpathians is at the heart of the TRANSGREEN Project, which is looking for solutions for large infrastructure development with low impact on nature in our region. Photo credit: © Dan Dinu

The TRANSGREEN project brought together organizations directly involved in the planning of large infrastructure projects, as well as nature conservation, which ensured an integrated approach on the development of an environmentally-friendly and safe transport system in the Carpathian region: national NGOs and regional authorities, international organizations, research centers and universities, motorway companies, environmental organizations, etc. These organizations had the know-how, capacity, experience and authority to develop concrete solutions to reduce environmental impact and design suitable Green Infrastructure elements. One focus was maintaining uninterrupted ecological corridors which could ensure the free movement of species most vulnerable to the impact of motorways and railways: large carnivores (such as the brown bear, the wolf and the lynx), as well as certain species of herbivores.

The concrete measures regarding the planning, building, management and monitoring of large infrastructure focused on four pilot-projects: the Miskolc (Hungary) – Kosice (Slovakia) – Uzhgorod (Ukraine) motorway, the Tîrgu Mureș-Iași motorway (Romania), the Curtici (Radna)-Deva railway (Romania), the Beskydy motorway (Czech Republic-Slovakia). The project also developed a set of standards regarding the integrated planning of infrastructure projects and advocated for their inclusion in public policy across the region.

Project partners

CEEweb for Biodiversity (Hungary); WWF International Danube-Carpathian Programme, Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (project lead, Austria); Friends of the Earth Czech Republic – Olomouc branch, Nature Conservation Agency, Transport Research Centre (Czech Republic); Association “Milvus Group”, WWF Romania (Romania); National Motorway Company, State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, SPECTRA – Centre of Excellence of EU – Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (Slovakia).

Associated project partners

National Infrastructure Developing Private Company Ltd. (Hungary); Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (Austria); Ministry of the Environment (Czech Republic); Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction (Poland); Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Transport (Romania); Ministry of Infrastructure (Slovenia); Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Transcarpathian Regional State Administration – Department of Ecology and Natural Resources (Ukraine).

To learn more about the TRANSGREEN project, its deliverables and its outcomes, please go to the project’s website.

Duration of the project

1 Jan 2017 – 30 June 2019

Financial support

The project TRANSGREEN (DTP1-187-3.1-TRANSGREEN) was co-funded by the European Union funds (ERDF, IPA) through the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme (DTP), Priority 3 – Better connected and energy responsible Danube region, Specific objective – Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas.