Protecting, Managing and Improving Biodiversity Assets Around Railways

Overview

Unfortunately, most of the technologies applied and currently used by mankind, to a lesser or greater degree, negatively influence and lead to the degradation and degeneration of the planetary ecosystem, with rail transport being no exception. The railways, together with the positive influence on the economic development of the regions in which they were built, have caused irreparable damage to the environment. They destroyed natural landscapes, led to the death and reduction of wildlife populations, polluted the air and created an unbearable noise. The pollution of the environment by the use of railway transport is also a problem.

In order to tackle this problem, we need to come up with a sustainable and economically viable solution where the biodiversity thrive while enabling development.
Problem
Linear infrastructures are one of the largest threats to biodiversity worldwide, including habitat loss and fragmentation The barrier effects caused by railways on wildlife populations, is considered to be one of the greatest ecological impacts of these infrastructures. The broad types of impacts causing barrier effects shall be classified as Physical and Behavioral Barriers, Disturbance, Mortality, and Habitat Loss and Fragmentation. Indian Railways manages the fourth-largest railway network in the world by size, with a route length of 67,956 km (42,226 mi) as of 31 March 2020. Indian Railways carried 808.6 crore (8.086 billion) passengers and transported 121.23 crore (1.2123 billion) tonnes of freight. It runs 1 lakh (100,000) passenger trains daily, on both long-distance and suburban routes, covering 7,325 stations across India Every railway intends to protect, manage and enhance their biodiversity assets and the condition. This challenge is posted to propose sustainable solutions to the problem. Develop a solution to tackle this problem. The solution can be and not limited to technology, applications, system designs, implementation models, and so on. The solution should be logically and practically implementable. The barrier effects caused by railways on wildlife populations, is considered to be one of the greatest ecological impacts of these infrastructures. The broad types of impacts causing barrier effects shall be classified as Physical and Behavioral Barriers, Disturbance, Mortality, and Habitat Loss and Fragmentation. Indian Railways manages the fourth-largest railway network in the world by size, with a route length of 67,956 km (42,226 mi) as of 31 March 2020. Indian Railways carried 808.6 crore (8.086 billion) passengers and transported 121.23 crore (1.2123 billion) tonnes of freight. It runs 1 lakh (100,000) passenger trains daily, on both long-distance and suburban routes, covering 7,325 stations across India Every railway intends to protect, manage and enhance their biodiversity assets and the condition. This challenge is posted to propose sustainable solutions to the problem.
Instructions
  • Solutions shall be sustainable, self-sufficient and economically viable and hence proper business modeling and application of technologies may be suggested.
  • Solutions shall involve various stakeholders of the ecosystem including the local governments, organisations and academic institutions for collaborations and to create awareness, and manage logistics.

  • Solutions shall include strategies on creating awareness and ensuring participation of public.

  • Solutions to be strictly practically able to implement, scalable, and economically viable.

  • Non-Functional Requirements

Scale of the challenge
Global
Severity of the Challenge
High

Rewards

  • 500 Learning Credits
  • Opportunity to pitch the solution with Indian Railways and Department of Wildlife and Forest

Curators

Bloombloom

@bboriginals

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