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Rapid expansion of transport networks and other infrastructure to meet development needs is occurring in countries around the world. This expansion potentially severs connectivity across landscapes and disrupts gene flow for wide-ranging endangered species. The future of wildlife populations, particularly large mammals, depends on their ability to safely disperse across landscapes, but in many countries, there is no blueprint to reconcile competing interests for infrastructure expansion and conservation outside the boundaries of protected areas.
The Working Group’s goal is to establish a platform for communication and planning across the conservation community and sectors involved in infrastructure expansion. The Working Group plans to provide an information base, including costs and effectiveness, for evaluating alternative strategies for infrastructure development in India. Alternatives include technological options, planning, and management.