Implementing local actions for biodiversity and extend them at European level : a feedback from LIFE EliaRTE project

Innovative “biodiversity-friendly” actions related to vegetation management under overhead high tension lines in forest areas are carried out by the LIFE Elia-RTE project.

These actions are implemented along 155 km of electrical forest corridors in Belgium and on 7 different sites in France.

These actions are solutions to major challenges faced by linear infrastructure companies in Europe (Electricity Transmission System Operators) : extend the grid and take biodiversity into account. The project strives at adapting methods in several EU countries, towards a large network for biodiversity.

We provide concrete examples in Belgium and France, and future implementations in Portugal and Germany.

Electricity transmission, vegetation management, biodiversity, innovation, local stakeholders, forest corridors, biological and economical monitoring, Europe.