ACLIE conference in South Africa.
It is most likely that many drivers have, at some point, accidentally or incidentally hit an animal, be it a bird, snake, toad, mongoose or any other on the road.
The consequences are many ranging from killing the bird/ animal, but also the damage to the motor vehicle or an injury the vehicle occupant. Many animals are electrocuted when they accidentally get into power-lines or when they make attempts to cross them. Similar consequences arise for wildlife that get entangled into fences erected along the road, around farmland or enclosing some form of infrastructure.
ACLIE sought to move away from the current international conference framework, which usually focuses on each form of linear infrastructure in isolation (for example, roads only), and introduced an approach that combined all forms of transportation and energy, since these necessary modes usually co-exist and have multiple negative impacts on biodiversity
Presentations ranged from global perspectives to individual country case studies, covering current scientific research, policy, legislation and best practice, and all with the potential to enhance both the project development process and the ecological sustainability of all linear infrastructure modes