Open event (December 7) – Shaping the Future with Green Roads


Event Details:

  • Date: December 7, 2023
  • Time: 14:00 – 15:30 CET
  • Platform: GoToWebinar

Event background:

Join us on an exciting journey at ‘Shaping the Future with Green Roads,’ a special collaboration between the Asian Development Bank, the International Roads Federation, and MetaMeta. This event marks a significant step in our ongoing efforts to develop a Green Roads Toolkit, aimed at supporting the Asian Development Bank in better planning and preparing for future road investments. This toolkit is set to redefine the very landscape of road project investments as it steps beyond the familiar priorities of connectivity, safety, and affordability, embracing a holistic and sustainable perspective.

Unlike traditional approaches, our toolkit is designed to align with global conventions, presenting a visionary approach in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Biodiversity Convention, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It introduces a comprehensive menu of practical options across nine dimensions, ensuring that roads not only connect destinations but also serve as catalysts for positive change. These dimensions include: (1) Support Decarbonization; (2) Contribute to Climate Resilience; (3) Support Water and Land Management; (4) Reduce Pollution; (5) Improve Quality of Life; (6) Preserve Biodiversity; (7) Improve Disaster Preparedness; (8) Apply Sustainable Sourcing of Materials and Construction Practices; and (9) Foster Inclusive Growth

Event objective:

Connect with us as we bridge the gap between the challenges posed by roads on landscapes and ecology, as highlighted in Ben Goldfarb’s book, and the systematic solutions provided by the Green Roads Toolkit. Explore inspiring practices from the ground that showcase effective strategies for reducing the negative impact of roads. Together, let’s catalyze a collective effort toward a more sustainable and ecologically conscious future in road infrastructure.

Event Agenda:

  • 14:00 – 14:15 pm: Presentation of the newly published book ‘Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet’ by Ben Goldfarb
  • 14:15 – 14:30 pm: Green Road Toolkit and its role in supporting the transition to Green Roads by Frank van Steenbergen
  • 14:30 – 15:00 pm: Presentation of the Open Call Winners for Good Green Road Practices
    • Inclusive Growth with Green Roads by Michael Maluki from Kenya
    • Determination of Animal Vehicle Collision Hotspots by Pedro Moreira from Portugal
    • Using a Digital Twin for Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Infrastructure in Uzbekistan by Pawan Karki from ADB
  •  15:00 – 15:15 pm: Q&A and discussion

How to Attend:

  • Register for the event here
  • Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the event details and access link.

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Last modified: November 27, 2023