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Jointly advancing infrastructure and biodiversity conservation

Infrastructure development and biodiversity conservation are often planned and executed in isolation. However, outcomes from these efforts are interlinked, with coordinated actions required to jointly address sustainability challenges. Natural infrastructure — encompassing a spectrum of natural to conventional solutions — is key to the infrastructure–biodiversity connection and should be brought into large-scale application.

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Fig. 1: A confluence in the framing of, and approaches to, infrastructure and conservation planning.


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McKay, S.K., Wenger, S.J., van Rees, C.B. et al. Jointly advancing infrastructure and biodiversity conservation. Nat Rev Earth Environ 4, 675–677 (2023).

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