Transport Working Group
The CCSG Transport Working Group (TWG) was established in 2017 and now consists of 100+ members on six continents, TWG focuses its scientific, technical, policy, and finance expertise toward decreasing the impacts of linear transportation infrastructure (roads, railways, and canals) on ecological connectivity. Together, TWG Members are providing expertise, tools, and resources that mobilize infrastructure ecologists, engineers, transportation planners, academics, infrastructure financiers, and other interested parties.
To further advance its work, TWG is undertaking species-specific efforts through its leadership of the Asian Elephant Transport Working Group (AsETWG) in collaboration with the IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group. Region-specific efforts are also underway through the Latin American and Caribbean Transport Working Group (LACTWG).
TWG’s work is guided by the following vision, mission, and objectives:
The ecological connectivity of habitats, species, and natural processes is protected from the threats that linear transportation infrastructure development (primarily roads, railways, and canals) poses, including ecosystem fragmentation, wildlife mortality, and biodiversity loss, especially in Africa, Asia, and South America.
Serve as the hub of expertise and volunteer collaboration across disciplines and geographies to develop, demonstrate, and implement practical guidance, increase capacity-building, and provide technical support delivering state-of-the-art solutions to foremost avoid, and otherwise mitigate the impacts that linear transportation infrastructure has on the environment.
- Policy – Inform legislative, administrative, and regulatory efforts by providing examples of codes, standards, and other legal provisions useful for planning and implementing ecologically sensitive projects sensitive to community needs.
- Science – Measuring the impacts and increasing generation, compilation, and dissemination of information about the avoidance and mitigation of transportation system impacts on ecological connectivity, monitoring methods to evaluate effectiveness of mitigation measures, the best tools and analytical methods for assessment, identification, and prioritization of mitigation locations, and future research needs.
- Finance – Collect and evaluate financial tools, such as incentives and baseline standards, that encourage the design and implementation of best-practices, including international funding institutions’ existing, and necessary, mechanisms to increase application of best-practices.
- Culture – Engage and collaborate with local, regional, and national communities and partners to implement best-practices sensitive to cultural concerns.
- Practice – Provide technical advice, design expertise, and engineering techniques that support innovation, excellence, and efficiency in mitigation and implementation of transportation projects.
- Resilience – Identify strategies that promote ecological connectivity, while addressing the effects of climate change, natural disasters, and address the long-term effects of climate change