Road conflicts in National Parks placed in densely populated and highly cultivated areas, and ways to reconcile them

Alexander Beckmann

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt

Abstrakt

Country roads are potential centres of conflicts between drivers and animals. In Germany 210,000 accidents between animals and vehicles have been reported in 2002. There are very good reasons for tackling this problem from an economical, safety or ecological perspective. Investigating these accidents is particularly important in national parks as they have the task to protect the local species from sources that might have severe consequences for the local population sizes. This study carried out an investigation of deer-vehicle crashes on the territory of the Nationalpark Eifel (Germany) on the basis of forestry bag-lists and police reports in order to evaluate the magnitude of the road impacts. The second aim of this study was the identification of a suitable mitigation strategy for roads in national parks in general, which is acceptable to the three stakeholders involved: conservationists, tourists and locals. Although the study was unable to detect any negative implications of roads in the Nationalpark Eifel, they might originate in the future. The mitigation strategy for national parks compiles a selective closure of roads, the levying of a socially acceptable road toll and the use of selective mitigation measures.

UddannelserTekSam - miljøplanlægning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
SprogEngelsk
Udgivelsesdato1 jun. 2004
VejlederePeder Winkel Agger

Emneord

  • deer
  • national park
  • Eifel
  • mitigation strategy
  • deer-vehicle crash
  • tourists