Work in progress

Monitoring 

The monitoring of accidents involving wildlife began in the first year of the project and was aimed at estimating the extent and distribution of the phenomenon. It took place in all five of provinces involved, and provided basic instructions to install the prevention systems and evaluate their effectiveness. For this reason the following activities were carried out:

Collection and analysis of data available from the years before the start of the project;

Direct monitoring of wildlife mortality along a set of sample roads, four for each province;

A wildlife survey in the areas surrounding the selected road sections;

Measurement of traffic volume.

 

Creation of a geodatabase

The first step towards the creation of a geodatabase involved a study of the archiving methods used by the relevant administrations of the associate beneficiaries of the project to record traffic collisions. We then proceeded to standardize the archiving methods and the spatial reference system following the standards specified by DigitPA (National Centre for the Digitalization in the Public Administration) and in the directive INSPIRE, through its legislative implementation in Italy. The geodatabase currently contains 4,099 records of collisions with wildlife, with relative information on the species involved, the date, time, and approximate location of the collision. The database is updated regularly and has been used to identify the information necessary to create a risk map. The data is georeferenced in WGS84 and stored in the archives of the Umbria Region as shape and dbase files, which have been exported into KML format for Google Earth.

A risk map has been produced for each Province by using  a) data on the collisions that have been accurately georeferenced and b) data on the environmental characteristics of the provincial territory used to predict areas of potential risk where the number of collisions is currently low.

 

Testing the preventive system

We installed 17 out to respect 15 planned prevention systems.

Province of Terni

SS 74 – Castel Giorgio

SP 99 – Orvieto

SP 32 – Penna in Teverina

SS74 - Orvieto

Province of Perugia 

SS 3 – Fossato di Vico

SS 3 – Costacciaro

S.R. 599 - Perugia

S.P. 105 - Città di Castello

Province of Siena

Casole d’Elsa SP541 Km 14,700 – Casole d’Elsa

SP 541 Km 7,400 – Colle Val d’Elsa

SP 3 - Casole d’Elsa

Province of Grosseto

SP 40 - Grosseto

SP 158 - Castiglion della Pescaia

SP 64 - Castel del Piano

Province of Pesaro e Urbino

SP 3 bis 1- Montecalvo in Foglia

SP 3bis 2 - Montecalvo in Foglia

SP 3 - Cagli

 

 

A modem, which sends emails in real time whenever a component of the system is activated due to a drop in battery voltage, ensures the proper functioning of the system. In this way it is possible to monitor the number of times that the system is activated and to promptly intervene in case of system malfunctioning or anomaly.

Where the preventive system has been installed we are employing camera traps to monitor its efficacy. They allow us to check whether the system is activated by the presence of wildlife and to verify the response of wildlife to the acoustic deterrents.

Preliminary results are encouraging: the volumetric sensors to register the presence of animals do not yield false positives or negatives, and the acoustic deterrents effectively repel wildlife.

Some of the videos recorded by the camera traps, together with the public service tv announcement, can be accessed though the following links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e46vH2ZMo0&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCFTA6NFs7A&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgt8aCi700c&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEf8nEmfig0&feature=youtu.be

 

Protocol to monitor and manage traffic collisions with wildlife

Following five participatory workshops (click here to see the reports) which involved numerous interests groups (Hunting Associations; Environmental Associations; Protected Areas; State Forestry Corps; Regional, Provincial, and Municipal Administrations; Comunità Montane; Hunting Districts (ATC); Wildlife Recovery Centres; National Veterinary Services (ASL); the National Autonomous Roads Corporation (ANAS); Ecological Volunteer Guards; Provincial Police; Universities; the Italian Association of Families of Traffic Victims (A.I.F.V.S.); and the National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA)) we have now developed afirst draftof the monitoring protocol, which is currently being studied by the legal departments of the Regions involved in the project.

 

Good practice manual

We produced a manual containing good practice guidelines and practical help for the institutions responsible of monitoring and managing traffic collisions with wildlife. Download the manual here.

We carried out the first two workshops to disseminate the results obtained within the project. The first was carried out on 23.11.2015 in the Ministry of Environment and the second was carried out on 26.01.2016 in Pettorano sul Gizio (AQ).

 

Communication and awareness building

- We produced a public service Radio and TV announcement both in Italian and in English.

- We are continuing the touring exhibit throughout the project area.

- We produced a second version of the brochure and a new poster on the impact of road traffic on wildlife. These products are regularly distributed during the events in which the project staff participates/ is invited.

- We developed a brochure to illustrate the functioning and placement of the prevention devices, for each of the five Provinces that participate in the project.

- We are continuing our communication and awareness building efforts using different media outlets. Various articles on the project’s activities have been published in local and national newspapers, several television reports, along with 2 radio interviews were made.

- We produced an app through which citizens can report cases of wildlife road kill they may find. View the app here.

 

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