The program

“Highways and wildlife: How do they coexist?”



September 21-24, 2011




Wednesday – September 21



Nikeios School, Nymfeo

(Conference Center of University of West Macedonia and Bear Information Center of  ARCTUROS)


15.00: Reception at theBearInformationCenter

16.00: Visit at the ARCTUROS’ Bear Sanctuary

18.00: Open Steering Committee meeting and discussion of the results of the online General Assembly (first part)

20.30: Welcome dinner

Thursday–September 22


Limnaion hotel, Kastoria

MAIN THEME: “Highways and wildlife: How do they coexist?”

08.30 Registration

1st session: Opening presentations – setting the framework

09.00    Opening session

09.30    Georgiadis L. et al.: “Highways and wildlife in Greece: How do they coexist?” (ARCTUROS, Greece)

09.50    Sjolund A.. “Introduction of IENE. The aim, the achievements, the new goals” (IENE, Sweden)

10.10     Helldin J-O and A. Seiler: “Challenges for road ecology – some things we need to do different“. (IENE and Swedish Biodiversity Centre, Sweden)

10.30    Oginski P.: “Transport infrastructure and wildlife: how can EU nature legislation contribute to their coexistence?” (Invited Speaker. European Commission, DG Environment, Unit “Natura 2000”)

10.50      Coffee break


2nd session: Planning and preventive designing of large infrastructure

11.20: Voumvoulaki N. and G. Krinas: Egnatia Highway: providing sustainable engineering solutions. (Egnatia Odos S.A., Greece)

11.40: Zlatanova D. et al.: Facing challenges in a rapid road infrastructure development – The Bulgarian experience with highways, speed roads and Large Carnivores. (Invited Speaker, Balkani Wildlife Society, Bulgaria)

11.50: Bottcher M. et al.: Natural corridors and infrastructure in Germany. (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, Germany)

12.10:  Mot R. and C.R. Papp: New threats for large carnivore population connectivity in Romania. Presentation of the case of the separate bear population in Western Carpathians in Romania. (Greenlight Services Ltd,Romania)

12. 30: Lunch break

3rd Session: Mitigation measures for effectively maintaining connectivity of wildlife populations

13.30: Huber, D. and J. Kusak: Green Bridges and other structures for permeability of highways inCroatia: Case of Large Carnivores. (Invited Speaker, University of Zagreb, Veterinary Faculty, Croatia).

13.50:   Iliopoulos Y. et al: Mitigating wolf habitat fragmentation caused by a multiple large infrastructure system (closed high speed railway and E65 highway) in Central Greece. Expectations, realities and lessons learned. (Callisto, Greece)

14.10:  Ioannidis Y.: Effectiveness of road barriers and underpasses for reptiles. The case of Milosviper (Macrovipera schweizeri). (Biosphere, Greece).

14.30:   Puky M.: Amphibian and reptile mitigation measures over roads. (Danube Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary).

14.50: Coffee break

4th session: Monitoring and management of large infrastructure

15.20:  Karamanlidis, A.A. et al.: Bear – vehicle collisions: monitoring the effects of a new source of mortality in an endangered population of brown bears in Greece. (ARCTUROS, Greece)

15.40: Hlaváč V. and P. Anděl. Traffic Roads and Wildlife Corridors – Identification of Conflict Points.  (Agency for Nature Conservation and Landscape protection of theCzech Republic, Czech Republic)

15.50:  Mertzanis Y. et al. Monitoring highways impact upon bear habitat and population status in NW Greece – the Egnatia highway case study– Results, lessons learned and management implications. (Kallisto,Greece)

16.10:  Jagerbrand A. Understanding human behavior in traffic and accident reduction. (Swedish National Roadand Transport Research Institute, Sweden)

16. 30: Discussion

17.00  Field trip in Egnatia Hihgway (Kastoria, Grevena)

20.00 Dinner

Poster presentations

(The posters will be exhibited at the coffee break place)

Bousbouras D. The impact of road construction on birds and their habitats. Appropriate mitigation and compensation measures. Hellenic OrnithologicalSociety,Greece.

Gori,M. et al. The HABITATS project: Social validation of INSPIRE Annex III Data Structures in EU Habitats. ISPRA – Institute for Environmental Protection andResearch,Italy.

Iliopoulos Y. et al. Differential response of wolves in large infrastructure construction phase. The important role of secondary barriers and social interaction in-between adjacent wolf packs.Kallisto,Greece.

Jagerbrand A. Roadenvironment changes to reduce wildlife accidents.Swedish National Roadand Transport Research Institute,Sweden

Maneas G. and D. Bousbouras. Impact caused by a road in the coastal zone of Gialova wetland. Dead individuals of the endangered African Chameleon of Pylos and other wildlife species. Summarizing ten years work by Hellenic Ornithological Society. Hellenic OrnithologicalSociety,Greece.

Olsson M. et al. Wildlife-Train Accidents and Interactions – Results From a Locomotive Engineers Questionnaire.EnviroPlanningABandSwedishUniversityof Agricultural Sciences,Sweden.

Poláková S. et al. Dear advisory service for animals: When should I not to go across high-speed road? Daphne ČR,CzechRepublic.

Psaroudas S. et al. “LIFE ARCTOS/KASTORIA: A project aiming to improve conditions of bear-human coexistence, including minimization of bear-vehicle collisions in the area of Kastoria. Objectives, actions, first results.Kallisto,Greece.

Puky M. What animals do children want to save from road traffic? Hungarian Danube Research Institute.Hungary.

Seiler A. et al. Train-deer collisions inSweden.SwedishUniversityof Agricultural Sciences andEnviroPlanningAB,Sweden.

Yum W. et al. Effect of around Napahai wetland highway on birds behavior reaction in winter. ChinaAcademyof Transportation Sciences, China.


Friday – September 23

Nikeios School, Nymfeo

Open IENE Steering Committee Meeting (and discussion of the results of the online General Assembly (Second Part)

09.00-11.00 Steering Committee (2nd part)

11.00- 20.00 Excursion – departures

20.00  Dinner

Saturday– September 24


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