India has the world’s 2nd largest network of roads. With a pace of 22 kms of road construction targeted per day, the road network is soon poised to overtake the USA to become the largest road network in the world. The science of road ecology remains in its infancy in India. WCT has been working to build capacity in this field among practitioners in India, Nepal and Bhutan and recently organised an international workshop in collaboration with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Feb, 2018). WCT wishes to organise a workshop focusing subject of linear infrastructure development and mitigation measures for connectivity conservation.
The workshop aims to cover the following:
1) Overview on Road and rail network in India
2) Existing legal and policy issues applicable to the sector; opportunities and lacunae
3) Real life case studies on legal and policy issues so that participants are familiar with the policy and legal framework (Wildlife (Protection) Act, Forest (Conservation) Act, Environment (Protection) Act) (NTCA Tiger Conservation Plans): We aim to dicide the participants into groups of 5 and ask them to analyse a few case studies from the legal / policy perspective.
4) Mitigation measures: Technical solutions and issues
5) Case study of one road and one rail project; discussion on ways of engaging with policymakers. We aim to present on case in detail and then divide the participants into groups of five each and ask them to work out solutions and present their findings
6) Policy framework for connectivity conservation and linear infra development; a win win solution.
7) Citizen Science: Familiarising participants with using citizen science and the Roadkills app for data collection.