Since 2012, each international conference a Final Declaration is produced that focuses on a topic that requires particular attention from transportation and nature conservancy stakeholders. For this year a draft of the declaration had already been prepared. Since the occasion for organizing the IENE2018 International conference in the Netherlands is the ending of the national defragmentation programme (MJPO), the focus of this declaration will be likewise.

 

IENE is working on Harmonizing Transportation and Nature as an initiative in Europe and internationally since 1996. This 20 years story decided to be recorded and shaped in a small booklet as a short history by the Steering Committee of IENE after the IENE 2016 conference in Lyon, France. Initial inspirators, supporters and organizations with the active participation of more than 400 members the last years, gave step by step what we call IENE today.

 

IENE has a very broad worldwide network of highly motivated and committed professionals who work at the interface of traffic infrastructure and the surrounding nature. It's good to see that also at the IENE 2018 Conference members from all over the world will join us in Eindhoven in September. 

2018 is a very special year for the Netherlands: the MJPO (Multi-Annual Defragmentation Programme) will be completed. This nation-wide, region-oriented programme  in which the central government and provincial governments worked together to resolve 178 bottlenecks between the existing national transport infrastructure and the main ecological network. 

Thursday 13 September  /  17:15 - 18:45  

Room: Philips Hall

Get to know Katja Claus: what makes her happy?

Just recently a webcam has been installed at the building site of the future Asselsche Heide wildlife crossing. This site will be visited during the fieldtrip nr 7 (Defragmentation through ecological corridors and passage ways).

Biesbosch National Park is the largest tidal freshwater marsh of Europe. It is a rare habitat and well protected these days as Natura 2000-area. The difference between high and low tide used to be more than two meters. About fifty years ago this changed drastically due to the Deltaworks – a large-scale project that encompassed the construction of dams and sluices in coastal estuaries - and now the difference is only 70 cm.

We are happy to welcome several keynote speakers at the IENE 2018 conference. Tony Clevenger is one of them. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley. Long-term research along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Come to the special session about collaboration between NRA's.

It will be held on the first day of the IENE 2018 Conference, 11th September.

The Organization Committee is pleased to announce that Stefan Leiner, Head of Unit Biodiversity of the DG Environment, European Commission, will provide a presentation at the session and Steve Philips, Secretary-General of CEDR, will act as the session’s moderator.

 

New feature of the IENE 2018 conference is the use of a conference app in which participants, speakers and sponsors can contact each other.