Inaugural EWT conference

 

The inaugural African Conference for Linear Infrastructure and Ecology (ACLIE) will be held in 2019 in the iconic Kruger National Park. It will be co-hosted by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Eskom.

 

Centred around the theme Building Partnerships: the linear way, the conference will focus on the intersection of people and linear infrastructure. This is specifically on how both people and nature are connected along, across and between different types of infrastructure.

 

Linear infrastructure (which includes roads, railways, pipelines, fencing and powerlines) has numerous, diverse, and mostly negative consequences for biodiversity. Among other things, they can destroy and degrade, and fragment ecological connectively and wildlife populations and their dynamics. It also has direct impact through collisions and secondary impacts through increased access to previously unattainable natural resources.

 

This first of its kind conference seeks to move away from a siloed approach, and bring various modes of linear infrastructure together. This is namely:

  • Roads and rail
  • Energy
  • Canals, pipelines and fences

 

Experts in transportation development, related scientific study, policy issues, and administrative processes are encouraged to attend ACLIE. This is to share current research, quality applications, and best practices that can enhance both the project development process and the ecological sustainability of all linear infrastructure modes.

 

The conference will take place at the Nombulo Mdluli Conference Centre at Skukuza Rest Camp. It is situated within the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa.  All conference arrangements will be facilitated and managed by The Inside Edge, a professional conference organising company.

 

The aims of ACLIE are:

1) To promote a safe and ecologically sustainable pan-African linear infrastructure; and

2) To promote networking opportunities and effective partnerships that facilitates communication and exchange of knowledge, ideas and news.

 

Our focus will target four main themes:

  1. Impacts of linear infrastructure on local flora and fauna;
  2. Linear infrastructure through sensitive areas;
  3. Mitigating impacts; and
  4. Building partnerships

 

The ACLIE programme includes podium presentations, posters and field trips. There will be exhibits on topics of special interest to researchers, biologists, engineers, planners, project managers, administrators, and policy makers.

 

Important Dates

Date / 2019  Day   Activity
10 March  Sunday  Arrival and registration.
“Meet and Greet” cocktail function in evening (complementary)
11 March  Monday  Paper Sessions
Breakfast and evening meal to be arranged by delegate
12 March  Tuesday  Paper Sessions
Breakfast and evening meal to be arranged by delegate
13 March  Wednesday  Field trips and workshops
Breakfast and evening meal to be arranged by delegate
14 March  Thursday  Paper Sessions
Breakfast to be arranged by delegate
Bush braai (booking required)
15 March  Friday  Paper Sessions (am) and departures (pm)

 

 

Registration opens soon, with details on our website. A range of sponsorship packages are available – please contact Wendy Collinson if you would like more details: wendyc@ewt.org.za

 

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