Work with biodiversity in transportation infrastructure means acting in the middle of several very different worlds. The fields of transport infrastructure and conservation of natural and cultural environments have different aims, vocabulary and organisation. Cooperation is the key to success.

The subproject Cooperation describes how cooperation can lead to successful projects.

Key to success

Cooperation among actors is a key to successful nature conservation efforts in infrastructure planning. The resources for conservation and management of biodiversity is typically limited, and cooperation over administrative borders are increasingly acknowledged as a way to incease the efficiency in conservation action.

However, actors in different disciplins and societal sectors work with different tools, concepts and goals, and sometimes under different legislations. Much effort is therefore required to find a common structure and approach already at the planning stage, and to gather the right actors, and to get these to understand eachother and work towards a common goal.

New creative solutions and methods are needed, as well as combined expert knowledge in a variety of fields: species and habitat ecology, landscape history, administrative guidelines and legislation, and the practical construction and maintenance of infrastructure. There must also be a cooperation among planners of different land uses; transport infrastructure, power distribution, urban development, forestry, agriculture, hunting, recreation and nature conservation.

By a number of case studies, TRIEKOL has described how an infrastructure manager by cooperating with other actors can succeed in species and habitat conservation, either in infrastructure habitats or in the larger landscape by functioning as a catalyst for joint efforts among many actors.

TRIEKOL has also contributed directly to promote communication and cooperation between actors by a number of cross-disciplinary workshops.

Cooperation in water habitats. Photo: Länsstyrelsen i Södermanlands län.

Publications and outreach

The subproject Cooperation has published two reports in Swedish with examples of cooperation projects in infrastructure habitats. TRIEKOL has also arranged two seminars for increased cooperation.

Contact for the subproject

Tommy Lennartsson

Ekolog och docent, SLU Institutionen för stad och land
+46 (0) 705-86 83 81