A special session will be held on the first day of the IENE 2018 Conference, 11th September, aimed at national road authority (NRA) personnel or organizations closely related to NRA's, such as delegated administrators or environmental departments. All of these organizations have knowledge, experience and/or responsibility to improve or manage biodiversity while creating and maintaining transport infrastructure (i.e. road, railway, waterways and powerlines) on a daily basis.

The focus of the session will be on collaboration between these organizations on a European and national level and how the networks of professionals within the EU, such as IENE, Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR) and national networks, can provide support. By presenting and discussing challenges and substantive measures from different perspectives, the session will have the potential to define practical steps for a more efficient and effective collaboration within the European transport infrastructure area.

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.