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