EIANZ SEQ Breaking the Barriers: Engineering Solutions to Ecological Problems Symposium



Between 6-8 May 2009, EIANZ SEQ ran a workshop in Brisbane on linear infrastructure and mitigation of impacts on wildlife. The symposium attracted speakers from the US, Netherlands and throughout Australia. The results of that conference are available here, including:
  • Videos of all the presentations;
  • Presentation PDFs (Note, these will be uploaded as they become available); and
  • Download the symposium handbook, which includes papers and other supporting literature.
Abstract

The prominence of issues such as road-kill and habitat fragmentation within community and political environments confront the reality that engineers and consultants, are increasingly challenged to mitigate the ecological impacts of roads and other forms of linear infrastructure. Although efforts have been long-applied in places like Europe and North America, differences in local conditions and legislation mean approaches cannot always be copied for use in Australia. Nonetheless, extraordinary advances have been made using new designs and approaches, whilst critical lessons have been learned from mistakes. The demand for effective environmental standards was the context for the "Breaking the Barriers: Engineering Solutions to Ecological Problems Symposium". Read more by downloading the Symposium Handbook.

Day 1 - Wednesday 6 May
  1. Welcome Ian Reeves, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
  2. Wildlife crossing structures: The road to success Dr Edgar van der Grift, Wageningen University, Netherlands: PDF | Presentation Videos - Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6 / Part 7.
  3. Why do we need mitigation measures? Dr Rodney van der Ree, Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology: PDF | Presentation Videos - Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3
  4. The law and planning: What currently dictates mitigation measures? Dr Darryl Low Choy, Griffith University: PDF | Presentation Videos - Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3.
  5. The law and planning: What currently dictates mitigation measures? Sylvana Maas, Approvals and Wildlife Division, DEWHA:PDF | Presentation Videos - Part 1 / Part 2
  6. Developing the framework (international speaker) Professor John A. Bissonette
  7. Utah State University, US: PDF | Presentation Videos - Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4
  8. Wildlife mitigation measures: Concept planning Kevin Roberts NSW Roads and Traffic Authorit: PDF | Presentation Videos - Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3.
  9. Current best practice techniques for designing barrier mitigation Dr Sarah Robinson-Wolrath Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads: PDF | Presentation Videos - Part 1 / Part 2.
  10. RTA Upgrading Road Infrastructure: Feedback from the ground Greg Collins NSW Roads and Traffic Authority: PDF | Presentation Videos - Part 1 / Part 2.
  11. Mountain Pygmy Possum: 20 years of research. Dr Ian Mansergh Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment: PDF | Presentation Videos - Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3.
  12. Wildlife extinctions and impacts on the regional population: Lessons from the Koala Coast Dr Harriet Preece, Koala Conservation Unit, Qld Dept of Environment and Resource Management: PDF | Presentation Videos - Part 1 / Part 2.
  13. What can be learnt from case studies? Dr Rodney van der Ree: PDF | Presentation Videos - Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4.
Day 2 - Thursday 7 May (coming shortly).

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