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Observatory of Good Environmental Practices in Road Maintenance

Measuring the environmental impact of a road is not only important when planning and building it. Once put into service, this infrastructure should also be maintained and maintained with criteria that respect the affected environment. This is a fundamental step that requires more than willingness for its execution. First of all, it is necessary that the personnel in charge of these tasks of conservation receive specific training on the subject.

To this end, biodiversity and the Spanish Road Association (AEC) Foundation in December 2006 they signed an agreement to develop a comprehensive training program in sustainable conservation of road infrastructure. This program was funded by the European Social Fund and the Biodiversity Foundation itself under the Operational Programs and Continuing Education Entrepreneurship 2000-2006.

The project is divided into several phases that culminated in a series of free courses for freelancers and SMEs of the road maintenance sector. Among the activities carried out under this program included the development of a Manual of Good Environmental Practices in Road Maintenance and trainer's guide and a video outlining the essentials of this initiative.

For the realization of this material, and in order to assess the degree of implementation of environmental management policies in companies and the level of awareness of its employees and managers, the AEC prepared and disseminated a survey among technicians, civil engineers , Channels and Ports and Public Works engineers related to this field. With the results of the survey, which reflects the experiences, knowledge and shortcomings of the sector, this manual was developed, which has served as a theoretical basis for the entire training plan. 


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