In Europe over the past few decades, there has been a rapidly increasing interest and research into the multi-faceted interactions between roads and the landscape. The issue of habitat fragmentation by infrastructure and its impact on ecological functions in the landscape was greatly enhanced by the emergence of the organization, Infra Eco Network Europe (IENE), which was founded at an international symposium in Maastricht in 1995. Based on input from IENE experts, COST 341 produced the handbook, Habitat fragmentation due to transportation infrastructure. Widely appreciated by roads authorities, the Handbook was subsequently transformed into national versions in several countries.


Although covering all major relevant aspects, the original COST 341 Handbook only superficially treated maintenance of mitigation measures and did not address the role of procurement of road structures, mitigation measures and their maintenance. The objective of the Harmony project is to address these three key issues missing from the original COST 341 Handbook.



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Harmony is funded through the CEDR Transnational Road Research Programme Call 2013 “Roads and Wildlife” with funding provided by the road administration of Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom. The programme is being managed by the NRA, Ireland, on behalf of CEDR. The Programme Executive Board (PEB) is chaired by  Lars Nilsson, Sweden Transport Administration (Trafikverket). The PEB Project Manager is Vincent O’Malley of Transport Infrastructure Ireland.


Harmony is collaborating with the Saferoad project which is also funded as part of the CEDR 2013 “Roads and Wildlife” call.