Good science and experimentation are needed in road ecology

R. van der Ree, J.A.G. Jaeger, T. Rytwinski, E.A. van der Grift

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Scientifically rigorous research that produces accurate information is required to identify and mitigate the negative impacts of roads and traffic on wildlife, communities and ecosystems. The current approach to road planning and construction is not conducive to doing good science or incorporating explicit learning in the road development process. This typically result in inadequate information about road impacts, and poor-quality monitoring that rarely answers relevent questions about mitigation effectiveness, often leads to equivocal outcomes and does not improve "best practice" as it potentially could and should. With some improvements and more experiments with roads and mitigation measures, the planning, design, construction and management of roads and road impacts could be significantly enhanced.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Road Ecology
EditorsR. van der Ree, D.J. Smith, C. Grilo
Number of pages552
ISBN (Print)9781118568187
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • BACI
  • Data
  • Experiments
  • Monitoring
  • Planning
  • Research
  • Study design


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