We are living in the most explosive era of infrastructure expansion in human history

Projections suggest that by 2050 there will be 25 million kilometres of new paved roads – enough to encircle the Earth more than 600 times. In addition, some 3,700 major hydroelectric dams and hundreds of thousands of mining projects are in development worldwide. Roughly nine-tenths of these projects are occurring in developing nations, which sustain many of the planet’s most biologically diverse and environmentally important ecosystems.

In this Flagship project, we are focusing on:

  • The direct and indirect impacts of roads and other infrastructure on native species and ecosystems, especially in the tropics
  • Devising strategies to minimise the environmental impacts and maximise the socioeconomic benefits of new infrastructure
  • Conveying to policy makers and the general public the grave dangers posed to native ecosystems by poorly planned infrastructure projects

Research team

Prof Bill Laurance

Coordinator

Prof Bill Laurance

Dr Mason Campbell

Dr Mason Campbell

Dr Sean Sloan

Dr Sean Sloan

Dr Miriam Goosem

Dr Miriam Goosem

A/Prof Susan Laurance

A/Prof Susan Laurance

Dr Lori Lach

Dr Lori Lach

Dr Colin MacGregor

Dr Colin MacGregor

Dr Mohammed Alamgir

Dr Mohammed Alamgir

Dr Mahmoud Mahmoud

Dr Mahmoud Mahmoud