Achieving balance between infrastructure development and biodiversity conservation: benefits and challenges

  • Milos Despotovic Arup, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Iva Misic Arup, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Matija Petkovic Arup, Belgrade, Serbia
Keywords: Biodiversity conservation, Balance between infrastructure and biodiversity, Sustainable development, Infrastructure projects in Serbia, International Financing Institutions

Abstract

This study addresses the critical task of achieving a delicate equilibrium between infrastructure development and biodiversity conservation, focusing on Serbia as a case study. Infrastructure projects drive economic growth but often harm the environment. International financial institutions have stringent biodiversity requirements, while national legislation varies in detail. This research identifies key challenges, such as non-alignment with global standards, data gaps, capacity issues, and limited awareness. Solutions involve integrated approaches, improved communication, updated data, and resource allocation. Collaboration between stakeholders is crucial. Balancing development and biodiversity is not just a moral duty but an investment in our future. This study aims to raise awareness and inspire collective efforts to preserve biodiversity while ensuring prosperity.

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Published
2023-12-12
How to Cite
Despotovic, M., Misic, I., & Petkovic, M. (2023). Achieving balance between infrastructure development and biodiversity conservation: benefits and challenges. Journal of Road and Traffic Engineering, 69(4), 23-36. https://doi.org/10.31075/PIS.69.04.04