TRANSGREEN: Green and Grey Infrastructure in the Carpathians
The network of highways and railways that connect key areas of Hungary and, further on, our country to the rest of Europe is being planned for development right now. 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 aims to develop an environmentally-friendly and safe transport network in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine.
The TRANSGREEN brings together organizations directly involved in the planning of large infrastructure projects, as well as nature conservation, which ensure 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. These organizations have the know-how, capacity, experience and authority to develop concrete solutions to reduce environmental impact and design suitable Green Infrastructure elements. One focus will be maintaining uninterrupted ecological corridors which 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 will focus 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 will also develop a set of standards regarding the integrated planning of infrastructure projects and will advocate for their inclusion in public policy across the region.
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 Integrated Infrastructure Planning in the Danube-Carpathian Region for the benefit of people and Nature, go to the project’s website.
The project TRANSGREEN (DTP1-187-3.1-TRANSGREEN) is 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.