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Course #6. Theory and Practice of Biodiversity-Friendly Infrastructure




Traditional mitigation approaches based on project-specific EIAs do not capture impacts on biodiversity at a landscape level. Hence, they are not enough to halt biodiversity loss. With infrastructure development continuing at a rapid pace and expected to encroach further into sensitive habitats, a different approach, i.e., a multilevel approach, is required to ensure that infrastructure development is not detrimental to biodiversity.
This intermediate course is open to participants from all countries having a general knowledge of EIA and an interest in the protection of natural habitats and biodiversity in infrastructure projects.
The course teaches how to promote biodiversity protection in infrastructure projects based on global best practices. Day 1 will discuss the multilevel approach to infrastructure development covering upstream tools (cumulative impact assessment, fragmentation analysis), international standards (IFC PS 6), and good engineering practices at the project level across different sectors (roads, hydroelectric, wind power). Day 2 will be a field visit* to Brisbane City Council’s Karawatha Forest Park to see practical application of the concepts learned on Day 1, such as fauna-friendly structures, i.e., culverts, escape poles, and other measures for the safe movement of wildlife including koalas. Monitoring technology to assess effectiveness of these structures will be explained by project specialists. Participants will also experience an afternoon of interacting with a diverse range of Australian wildlife at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

* The field visit will be technical visit B, Biodiversity-Friendly Infrastructure. Participants registering for the training course do not need to register separately for the technical tour. See page 16 of the IAIA19 preliminary program for more information.
Level: Intermediate

General knowledge of the EIA process and an interest in the long-term biodiversity impact of infrastructure development.

Language: English
Duration: 2 days (27-28 April) Day 1 in class, Day 2 on technical visit
Price: US$520
Min/Max: 10-25

Juan Quintero, Consultant, Environmental Engineering Consultants, LLC (USA)

Aradhna Mathur, Independent Consultant (USA)


Juan D. Quintero is a Civil and Environmental Engineer, with over 40 years of experience in risk assessment, mitigation and compensation of environmental and social impacts associated with development projects, especially transport and hydroelectric projects around the world. Sr. Environmental Specialist at the Word Bank from 1993 to 2010 in charge of ensuring compliance with World Bank environmental and social safeguard policies in infrastructure projects. Specialist in the application of construction environmental management plans, and regional, cumulative and strategic environmental assessments of hydroelectric programs.

Mr. Quintero is member of Panel of Experts/independent monitoring teams for several hydroelectric projects including the 2400 MW Ituango hydroelectric project in Colombia (since 2012), the 305 MW Reventazon Hydroelectric Project in Costa Rica (since 2013), and the 456 MW Chaglla Hydroelectric Project in Peru (since 2012). Other hydroelectric projects include Tumarin in Nicaragua (due diligence for MIGA), Alto Maipo in Chile (Cumulative Impact Assessment for IADB and IFC), Trishuli and Kabeli in Nepal (World Bank environmental specialist), Nandarivatu in Fiji Islands (World Bank environmental specialist), Nam Then II in Lao PDR (World Bank environmental specialist), Yacyreta in Argentina (Environmental Impact Assessment as consultant and then as World Bank Environmental Specialist), and several run-of –river plants in Vietnam.

Recent publications include “Sustainable Hydropower Development in Latin America,” “Good Dams-Bad Dams,” “Mainstreaming Conservation in Infrastructure Projects,” “Green Infrastructure in Tiger Range Countries: A Multi-Level Approach,” “Protecting Natural Habitats in Road Development,” “Biodiversity Offsets and Infrastructure,” and “Mainstreaming Environmental and Social Safeguards in Gas Pipeline Projects:  The Bolivia-Brazil GS Pipeline Project.” A Certified Assessor for the application of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) Sustainable Protocol for Hydropower development (sustainability assessment of Hidro-Sogamoso and Canafisto Hydroelectric Projects in Colombia).

An independent consultant from 2010 until present, experience including: (i) support to infrastructure projects with IADB (roads in Bolivia, Metro in Quito, wind power in Mexico); (ii) preparation of a Manual for JICA on “Protecting Natural Habitats in Infrastructure projects”; (iii);  support to Safeguard Coordination Team in the East Region of the World Bank in charge of preparing manuals for health, education and community development projects; (iv) preparing paper for IADB on Natural Habitats issues in LAC; (v) assessing the Peru EIA system for Bank Information System (BIC) (vi) prepared a Guide for Sustainable Roads for The Nature Conservancy (2015). Board of Directors IAIA-2013-2015.

He received the IAIA Life-time Achievement Award for “significant contribution to impact assessment leading to mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in infrastructure projects around the world”; May, 2016. He also received the IAIA Regional Award for the 'Promotion of Quality of Environmental Impact Assessments in Latin America" (2001).

Aradhna Mathur is a conservation Biologist with over 14 years of experience ranging from conducting EIAs, promoting the concept of biodiversity friendly infrastructure, assessing and working to minimize illegal wildlife trade and promote wildlife conservation.

As an independent consultant since 2009, projects have included (i) developing and promoting the concept of ‘Smart Green Infrastructure’ to ensure infrastructure development is biodiversity friendly with World Bank Global Tiger Initiative, (ii) preparation of a Manual for JICA on protecting Natural Habitats in infrastructure projects, (iii) reviewing numerous World Bank projects for compliance with the environmental safeguards such as the Nam Then II hydroelectric project in Lao PDR and the World Bank Portfolio in the Pacific Island Countries, (iv) reviewing the SEA practice in East Asia for the World Bank, (v) co-authoring a guide on environmentally Friendly Roads (vi) rapporteur to the UNEP Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) at the 15th and 16th Conference of Parties at Doha, Qatar (2010) and Bangkok, Thailand (2013).

Recent publications include: ‘A Guide to Good Practices for environmentally Friendly Roads’; ‘Green Infrastructure in Tiger Range Countries: A Multi-Level Approach’; ‘Guidance note for infrastructure projects affecting natural habitats’; ‘World Bank SEA experience in East Asia and the Pacific: A tool for environmental safeguarding’; ‘Biodiversity Offsets and Infrastructure’ and ‘CITES and Livelihoods: Converting Words into Action’.