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 “As roads spread in rainforests, the environmental toll grows’ 

William Lawrence published a great online article this month concerning the impacts of roads in rainforests – (URL http://e360.yale.edu/content/print.msp?id=2485)

He states that, “if we hope to preserve rainforests, new strategies must be adopted to limit the number of roads and reduce their impacts”. He argues that there has been a surge in road building across the planet, particularly in Third-World countries, where governments view roads as a cost-effective means to promote economic development and access natural resources. “Local communities in remote areas often demand new roads to improve access to markets and medical services”.

Lawrence concludes that “there is a dire need to improve environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for planned roads. Many EIAs for major development projects, such as large mines and hydroelectric dams, often ignore the devastating indirect effects of roads.

                       

NASA: A satellite view of deforestation associated with roads in the Brazilian Amazon.

And then to “the ridiculous” in International Roadkill News. Road painting crews from the States and the UK argue “it is not their job to “remove roadkill carcasses from the road” and instead, simply paint around the “problem”.  (URL  http://ijab.blogspot.com/2007/11/not-my-job-awards.html)

Ignoring the problem

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About wendy collinson

Originally hailing from the UK, Wendy gained her Bachelor of Education in 1990, and spent 15 years teaching Physical Education in London to high school students. She moved to South Africa in 2005, beginning work as a research assistant with large carnivores, working on research projects initiated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Wendy’s education background has stood her in good stead as a tour guide, since she believes in an interactive approach, engaging guests in specialist carnivore research tours. In addition to her research and tours, Wendy is also the main organiser of the aptly named “BIKE4BEASTS” mountain bike race, organised annually to raise funds for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (www.bike4beast.coza) Wendy is a field worker with the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife and Transport Programme. She recently completed her Master’s degree at Rhodes University, Grahamstown South Africa, which examined the impacts of roads on South African wildlife.
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