The challenges of biodiversity management may be common with other projects and sectors, but the scale and spatial extent of infrastructure projects can vary enormously. We use our global experience of avoiding, minimising and mitigating impacts from roads, railways, pipelines and ports to develop specific methodology for assessing both linear infrastructure (e.g. railways) and more spatially discrete projects (e.g. port facilities).
We tailored our fragmentation analysis for Rio Tinto’s ambitious rail infrastructure in Guinea to identify high risk areas and to optimise the design of rail crossings to improve landscape connectivity. While in Mongolia, Oyu Tolgoi’s vast high and medium voltage powerlines threatened migratory birds before our mitigation options reduced collision and electrocution impacts (as well as satisfying lender requirements).