The rate of construction of linear infrastructure in North America, Western Europe and Australia will be dwarfed over the next few decades by that expected in the developing countries in Asia, Africa and South America. The recent announcement of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, led by China, highlights the priority of infrastructure development to support economic growth in the developing world. As Chapter 59 in the Handbook of Road Ecology demonstrates, the developed world has reasonably detailed guidelines and best practise manuals to ensure new roads, railways, pipelines and utility easements are as ecologically sustainable as possible. One of the primary aims of this book was to make best-practise road ecology principles and practise available to those in developing countries. Thanks to the generous support of a number of NGOs, research groups and ecological consultancies, we have given away approximately 200 copies to practitioners in those countries.
UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE GIVEN AWAY ALL THE COPIES WE HAD AND THIS SCHEME IS NOW CLOSED