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BISON (Horizon 2020)

The goal of the BISON project (Biodiversity and Infrastructure Synergies and Opportunities for European transport Networks) in the period from January 1, 2021 to June 2023 will be to solve the issue of integrating biodiversity with the development of transport infrastructure including roads, railways, waterways, airports, ports or energy networks.
In Europe, there is an urgent need to build infrastructure that is more sustainable for biodiversity, while ensuring its reliability and efficiency. It is necessary to adapt the existing infrastructure to new climatic conditions (floods, droughts…), as well as to find innovative and sustainable solutions to reduce the impact of invasive species and to deal with the decline of native species and the fragmentation of ecosystems. The rapid increase in the development of new transport infrastructure, especially in Eastern Europe, aims to support economic development, but at the same time it must pay special attention to local biodiversity, which is often endemic. Facing these needs, the European Union is financing a project on the topic of transport and biodiversity for the first time in the amount of 3 million euros, within the framework of the “Coordination and Support Action”. As part of the last challenges of the H2020 program, the BISON project is to lay the foundations in time for the further improvement of research on these topics in the European framework program for research for the years 2021-2027 (HORIZON EUROPE).

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Making City (Horizon 2020)

MAKING-CITY, a new large-scale demonstration project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, has its kick-off meeting on 13-14 December in Valladolid, Spain. This 60-month H2020 project with a budget of 20 million euros, gathering 34 partners from 9 countries, aims to address and demonstrate the transformation of the urban energy system towards low-carbon cities according to the Positive Energy District (PED) concept.

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SaveGREEN (Interreg DTP)

The SaveGREEN project focuses on solving the key issue of protecting ecological corridors in the Carpathians and other mountainous areas in the Danube basin. Migration corridors are currently threatened by insufficient and inadequate economic development planning. Linear transport infrastructure, urban development, intensive agriculture, forestry and water management practices often disrupt migration corridors, cause traffic accidents, reduce the reproductive success of key species and the efficiency of ecosystem services on which we all depend.

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The economic growth and development of the urban agglomerations of Bratislava and Győr in recent decades has crossed state borders. It also affects the natural environment on both sides of the border. The neighboring areas of Zitný ostrov (Csallóköz) in Slovakia and Szigetköz (Little Rye Island) in Hungary are of great importance in terms of nature conservation and eco-tourism. Both sides of the border area are rich in natural, cultural and landscape wealth. However, they have not only similar values, but also problems. Some are related to water management and the sustainable use of natural resources, others to the development of cities and municipalities in the suburban area and to the quality of the urban environment.