International Association for Impact Assessment

Biodiversity-Friendly Infrastructure: Key Concepts and Good Practices

Biodiversity-Friendly Infrastructure: Key Concepts and Good Practices

OTC 23
  Last part of 2023, stay tuned for dates and times

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Presented by: Juan D. Quintero (USA) & Aradhna Mathur (USA)
Course Tuition: US$480 for IAIA Members / $580 for Non-IAIA Members  (No bursaries available for Online Training Courses.)
Please register early! The course will be cancelled if the minimum number has not been reached one week before the course start date. If the training course is cancelled at that time due to low enrollment, IAIA will notify you and provide refund information.
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Course Level:  Intermediate                
Language of Delivery: Engish                        
Prerequisites:  None    
Homework Between Sessions:  Participants will be divided into groups, depending on the number of participants, and introduced to a course assignment which will be based on a detailed case study. Groups will make short presentations of their assignment during the last session of the course.


Infrastructure development has direct, indirect and cumulative impacts with impacts extending beyond the immediate surroundings where construction and use occur. Many impacts on biodiversity are long-term, eventually leading to a reduction in available natural habitat, restriction in the movement of fauna, and decline in population sizes of species. The impacts tend to be complex in affecting not only wildlife population dynamics but also ecosystems, on which both humans and wildlife depend.

The focus of the course is to strengthen the application of the mitigation hierarchy at all levels of the project cycle and strengthen linkages between biodiversity protection and good engineering in design, construction, and operation across all sectors (roads, hydros, wind, and solar). This course, relying on good practice case studies and exercises, will demonstrate practical solutions to protect biodiversity. It will also highlight the opportunities for enhancing biodiversity values in infrastructure projects and the use of indigenous and local knowledge for the identification of mitigation measures.

The course will discuss:
  • The multi-level approach to infrastructure development
  • Upstream tools
  • Ecological assessment tools
  • Good engineering practices at the project level
  • Construction management in sensitive areas
  • Good practices in offsets planning
Participants will also receive a comprehensive set of manuals and guidelines related to the course content.

Testimonials from participants in previous IAIA training courses:
  • "I loved the course (everybody did) and I learnt so much.  It's so good and you delivered it so well. I do not have the right words. I am so inspired and loved the course that I am trying to see the possibility of moving to the environmental department. I always thought Biodiversity is my no go area because I perceived it as difficult and very complex but you are so passionate about it and you make it look a bit easy and doable."
  •  "It was a pleasure to be part of this training program. It really was an awesome course. Thank you once again."
  • "Thank you so much and keep on spreading the knowledge. We need it." 
  • "Thank you so much Aradhna and Juan. It was a great course!" 
  • "Thank you, Aradhna, and Juan, for your excellent facilitation."
  • “Very dynamic”
  • “Excellent presentation and real life examples”
  • “Good examples. Excellent teaching!”
  • “Very good course. I could learn theoretical and how to put in practice.” 


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 built around the world.

He received the IAIA Lifetime Achievement Award in May 2016 for "significant contribution to impact assessment leading to mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in infrastructure projects around the world."

Recent publications include "Good Dams - Bad Dams" and "Biodiversity Offsets and Infrastructure."

Juan is a Certified Assessor for the application of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) Sustainable Protocol for Hydropower development.
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Aradhna Mathur is an environmental specialist with over 16 years of experience working on the nexus of conservation and development promoting the concept of Biodiversity Friendly Infrastructure. She has experience in policy analysis, evaluating environmental compliance of developmental projects, and reviewing the application of measures to minimize environmental risks. 

Her work includes:
  • Developing and promoting the concept of 'Smart Green Infrastructure' to ensure infrastructure development is biodiversity friendly
  • Preparation of manuals and guidance for protecting natural habitats in infrastructure projects across different sectors
  • Reviewing numerous projects for compliance with the environmental policies and standards.

Publications include: A Guide to Good Practices for Environmentally Friendly Roads  and Green Infrastructure in Tiger Range Countries: A Multi-Level Approach



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