The Modern Road Ecologist’s Toolbox

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The Modern Road Ecologist’s Toolbox

29 June 2021 to 13 July 2021

 via Zoom, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8)

World Environment Day Event Series

The Modern Road Ecologist’s Toolbox–Emerging Tools and Technologies for Biodiversity Assessments on Linear Transport Projects

Baseline Biodiversity Assessments (BBA) are a critical part of mitigation planning of transportation infrastructure projects. They are a key prerequisite to sustainable infrastructure development and ensuring environmental sustainability – both key components of ADB’s Strategy 2030. The Modern Road Ecologist’s Toolbox webinar is a three-part webinar series intended to share best practices in conducting BBA for transportation infrastructure projects (roads and railways). There are three modules that will present best practices such as study designs or tools used to understand the impacts of transportation projects on ecosystems. There will also be a demonstration of the use of Software As A Service (SAAS) and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications for collecting and communicating spatial information.

We welcome participants to explore the webinar hub. Please fill out the pre-webinar survey so that we can get to know you. The information hub also provides access to online mapping tools and resources that will be discussed throughout the training program. Starting with Module 1, the hub directs you to sign up for a free ArcGIS Online account. Join our group so that you can access the exercises, data, and share web maps that you can create in Modules 1 and 2. For Module 3, the hub will also provide links and data to download open-source software to run an analysis. The hub and the survey are examples of the modern road ecologist’s toolbox.


Module 1 (Initial Assessment of Biodiversity Study Design and Data Needs)
29 June 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8)

In the first module, BBA was introduced as precursors that inform environmentally sustainable infrastructure design and development. Information needs in completing standard assessments and how to obtain the data were also covered. This included data collection, amalgamation, visualization and analysis using web GIS and online tools. Species occurrence data using camera traps and sign surveys using point and transect methods as well as arboreal species surveys were highlighted. Experiences were shared on integrating local indigenous knowledge and citizen science from Asia to feature good practices.

Module 2 (Managing and Analyzing Biodiversity Data)
6 July 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8)

When free or open-source data do not exist, the data needs to be collected through other means. The second module covered tools and best practices for rapidly collecting spatial data to inform biodiversity assessment for projects. It discussed the importance of sharing data with project partners and collaborators while also keeping it secure. Historically, sharing large spatial data files, creating static cartography and reports was an intensive and laborious task. Today, we can utilize dynamic dashboards to visualize spatial and tabular data. These dynamic dashboards can be accessed by project team members from anywhere in the world and enable smooth and efficient data collation, analysis and communication. Featuring an ongoing ADB project in Nepal as a case study the resource persons demonstrated how to build data collection tools and a secure project dashboard using the ArcGIS Platform. Spatial Data Analysis Explorer (SPADE), an interactive geospatial web-based data platform in ADB was also demonstrated in the module. Discussions were held on the advantages and opportunities for interlinking data sources and platforms such as those demonstrated in the module and other global data platforms.

Module 3 (Mapping Habitat Connectivity for Wildlife)
13 July 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8)

The final module of the Modern Road Ecologist’s Toolbox webinar series demonstrated how wildlife occurrence data collected from camera traps, sign surveys and other sources are used to inform a Baseline Biodiversity Assessment (BBA) and inform next steps towards planning sustainable infrastructure that minimizes impacts on wildlife and ecosystems. There were practical examples on ways to collect, visualize and analyze these data using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) including Maxent and Circuitscape. The webinar also highlighted the Foresight study on Reimagining the Future of Transport across Asia and the Pacific. This is the most technical webinar of the series covering tools that require some ability to understand spatial statistics and analysis.  The exercises on the webinar hub are also available to practice and apply these tools.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
29 Jun 2021 Module 1: Initial Assessment of Biodiversity Study Design and Data Needs
29 Jun 2021 Moderator Karma Yangzom
29 Jun 2021 Opening Remarks Qingfeng Zhang
29 Jun 2021 Video Initial Assessment of Biodiversity Study Design and Data Needs Module
In the first module, BBA was introduced as precursors that inform environmentally sustainable infrastructure design and development. Information needs...
29 Jun 2021 Presentations Introduction on Baseline Biodiversity Assessment (BBA) and Data Needs (Case Studies from Bhutan and Bangladesh)
In this presentation, Anthony Clevenger gave an introduction of Baseline Biodiversity Assessment (BBA) and Data Needs and discussed case studies from ...
Anthony Clevenger
29 Jun 2021 Presentations Technical Demonstration of tools to create project specific web map to check adequacy of data
In this presentation, Bejamin Dorsey shared a technical demonstration of tools such as GIS to create project specific web maps to check adequacy of data...
Benjamin Dorsey
29 Jun 2021 Closing Remarks James Leather
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
06 Jul 2021 Module 2: Managing and Analyzing Biodiversity Data
06 Jul 2021 Moderator Karma Yangzom
06 Jul 2021 Opening remarks Shanny Campbell
06 Jul 2021 Video Managing and Analyzing Biodiversity Data
When free or open-source data do not exist, the data needs to be collected through other means. The second module covered tools and best practices for...
06 Jul 2021 Presentations Managing and Analyzing Ecological Data
In this presentation, Anthony Clevenger discussed how web tools and platforms can be used in a practical way.
Anthony Clevenger
06 Jul 2021 Presentations Demonstration of the Data Dashboard for the Nepal Project
In this presentation, Benajmin Dorsey shared a case study on how the tools were utilized in Nepal.
Benjamin Dorsey
06 Jul 2021 Presentations Demonstration of ADB Tool: SPADE
In this presentation, Bonapart gave a demonstration of the ADB tool's SPADE.
Bonapart Masangcay
06 Jul 2021 Closing Remarks Yoonee Jeong
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
13 Jul 2021 Module 3: Mapping Habitat Connectivity for Wildlife
13 Jul 2021 Moderator Karma Yangzom
13 Jul 2021 Opening Remarks Hiroaki Yamaguchi
13 Jul 2021 Video Mapping Habitat Connectivity for Wildlife
The final module of the Modern Road Ecologist’s Toolbox webinar series demonstrated how wildlife occurrence data collected from camera traps, sign surveys...
13 Jul 2021 Presentations Technical Demonstration of Mapping Critical Habitat Connectivity for Wildlife
In this presentation, Clara Grilo and Ben Dorsey discussed the importance of mapping wildlife habitat suitability and movement corridors, theprinciples...
Clara Grilo, Benjamin Dorsey
13 Jul 2021 Questions and Answers Open Discussions on Future Training needs
Anthony Clevenger
13 Jul 2021 Presentations Foresight study on Reimagining the Future of Transport across Asia and the Pacific
In this presentation, Pamela Chiang shared the relevant highlights of foresight study onReimagining the Future of Transport across Asia and the Pacific...
Alexandra Pamela Chiang
13 Jul 2021 Closing Remarks Bruce Dunn

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