Laurance W. F., Peletier-Jellema A., Geenen B., Koster H., Verweij P., Van Dijck P., Lovejoy T. E., Schleicher J. & Van Kuijk M. (2015) Reducing the global environmental impacts of rapid infrastructure expansion. Current Biology 25, R259–R62.

Laurance W. F., Peletier-Jellema A., Geenen B., Koster H., Verweij P., Van Dijck P., Lovejoy T. E., Schleicher J. & Van Kuijk M. (2015) Reducing the global environmental impacts of rapid infrastructure expansion. Current Biology 25, R259–R62.

Aim: 
To highlight nine issues that should be considered by project proponents to better evaluate and limit the environmental risks of infrastructure development.
Type of Study: 
Review
Key Results: 
1) In intact habitats, avoid the first cut; 2) consider the serious impacts of upgrading roads. 3) remember that secondary effects can be severe 4) Greater emphasis on ‘offshore’ projects (that operate without associated road networks) 5) Rigorous early screening is vital 6) Better decision-making tools are needed 7) Financial institutions need more environmental and social expertise 8) Avoiding the ‘devil you know’ dilemma 9) Greater NGO and public engagement
Response: 
See key results.
Reviewer: 
Keren Raiter
Locations: 
Global
Response variable : 
Ecological impacts including 'indirect' and 'secondary' impacts
Survey: 
Global
Full Reference: 
Laurance W. F., Peletier-Jellema A., Geenen B., Koster H., Verweij P., Van Dijck P., Lovejoy T. E., Schleicher J. & Van Kuijk M. (2015) Reducing the global environmental impacts of rapid infrastructure expansion. Current Biology 25, R259–R62.