Evaluating tramway infrastructure on biodiversity and ecosystem services

Dawid Moroń, Michał Beim, Agnieszka Gudowska, Fabio Angeoletto, Waldemar Celary, Aleksandra Cwajna, Piotr Indykiewicz, Magdalena Lenda, Emilia Marjańska, Annette Menzel, Piotr Skórka, Piotr Tryjanowski

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Tramways in urban areas for mass transit has been suggested to have a lower environmental footprint than roads. However, studies on the impact of tramways and the surrounding infrastructure on biodiversity is extremely rare despite the potential ecological effects associated with this anthropogenic feature. Surprisingly, we found fewer than 10 papers published on tramway-wildlife interactions, which is significantly lower (vs dozens of thousands) than that of other transportation methods. As tramways and stations may be managed sustainably by planting short vegetation on the track and roofs of tramway stations, they may be good examples of land-sharing policies in green urban planning, improving both biodiversity and people’s well-being. The potential environmental benefits of green practices for commercially available tramways should be strictly tested and applied, especially in the context of the growing popularity of tramway systems worldwide.

FachzeitschriftScientific Reports
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Dez. 2024


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