HARMONY, coordinated by ROD-IS, is funded through the CEDR Transnational Road Research Programme Call 2013 ‘’Roads and Wildlife’’. The project commenced in April 2014 and is due for completion in March 2016. The project brings together a consortium of ecologists and engineers throughout Europe to develop sustainable solutions to road transport challenges that are in harmony with wildlife. The goal of the Harmony project is to develop ways to address the environmental responsibilities of road authorities, in a balanced and cost effective way. The project is developing simple, easy to implement procedures that address the three key issues missing from the original COST 341 handbook.
This handbook, ‘’Habitat fragmentation due to transportation infrastructure’’ only superficially treated maintenance of mitigation measures and did not address the role of procurement of road structures, mitigation measures and their maintenance. The objective of the Harmony project is to address these three key issues missing from the original COST 341 Handbook to provide; guidance on a consistent approach to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA); guidance on methods of procurement of road projects and mitigation measures; and strategies for the maintenance of roads and mitigation measures.
Further information can be found at www.harmony-project.net