Latin American and Caribbean Transport Working Group
The Transport Working Group for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACTWG) was formed in 2019 and now has 20+ members that are mainly biologists, transportation practitioners, and lending institution specialists working together on solutions that decrease impacts of roads, railways, and canals on wildlife and ecological connectivity. With a primary focus on linear transportation infrastructure, LACTWG devotes its expertise toward reducing wildlife mortality and making transportation systems more permeable for animal movement throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Working Group’s vision, mission, and objectives are:
Latin American and Caribbean countries are exemplary leaders in the planning, design, construction, maintenance and monitoring of linear transportation infrastructure that limits impacts on species and ecosystems.
To unify conservation and transportation practitioners in Latin America and the Caribbean to share information and apply state-of-the-art practices that support the Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group to achieve implementation of best-practices that avoid, minimize, mitigate, or compensate for the impacts of roads, railways, and canals on ecological connectivity.
Science and Research – Increase 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, evaluate, and promote financial tools, such as incentives and baseline standards, that encourage the design and implementation of best-practices, including international funding institutions’ existing, developing, and necessary mechanisms to increase application of best-practices.
Technical Capacity and Practice – Engage with stakeholders to provide educational and training support, as well as research and monitoring protocols, technical designs, and engineering techniques that support innovation, excellence
Policy – Inform legislative and administrative efforts by providing examples of codes, standards, regulations, policies, and other legal provisions useful for planning and implementing projects that maximize ecological connectivity. Support and provide assistance to government agencies in implementing measures to reduce transportation impacts.