Sunday, December 18, 2016

Limiting Road Expansion Impact Project Volunteer

We are currently living in the most explosive era of infrastructure expansion in human history. By 2050, it is projected that there will be an additional 25 million kilometres of paved roads on Earth—enough to encircle the planet more than 600 times. Around nine-tenths of these road will be built in developing nations and tropical regions which sustain many of the planet’s most biologically diverse and environmentally important ecosystems!

Unfortunately, the contemporary avalanche of new infrastructure is having severe impacts on many ecosystems and species. Roads that penetrate into wilderness areas, for example, often have profound and proliferating environmental effects—such as promoting habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, illegal mining, and wildfires.

However, not all infrastructure is ‘bad’ for the environment. In appropriate contexts, new infrastructure can yield sizeable social and economic benefits with only limited environmental costs.

Our project:
Limiting Environmental Impacts While Optimizing Benefits of Rapid Road Expansion in the Asia-Pacific Region
Led by Professor William F. Laurance, James Cook University, Cairns

We are seeking volunteers to assist us with digitising (tracing) road infrastructure in Google Earth. You can do this from home with a computer and internet connection, or join us in person at JCU Cairns Campus. Join an exciting team of JCU researchers in mapping all roads in the Asia-Pacific region to direct future development towards sustainable outcomes! If you’re a science student, this is great experience for your CV!

Application is always open!

Application Procedures
Please contact Miss Jaime Huther

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