Wildlife Vehicle Collisions: Road ecology, monitoring and mitigation, citizen science, pedagogical and socioeconomic aspects
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EnVeROS (Environmental Education through Roadkill Observation Systems) is an Erasmus+ funded educational project, with the aim to raise public awareness and educate especially young adults about the Wildlife Vehicle Collision situation in Cyprus, Czech Republic and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen (Northern Italy). The topic of the Wildlife Vehicle Collisions (WVC) is a global traffic safety and conservation issue. The Erasmus+ project EnVeROS (http://www.enveros.eu/) aims to: 1) review the current situation on WVCs, 2) assist the incorporation of relevant information on the education curricula, 3) enhance the involvement of citizens in the monitoring of WVC. Accordingly, this report aims to: 1) give a brief overview over the WVC topic in Europe, 2) briefly present the current magnitude and trend for WVCs in Europe, summarizing all the available information in a way that can be used for educational purposes, 3) bringing an overview of the current online WVC initiatives and Roadkill Observation Systems (ROS) along with the existing mitigation practices in Europe and worldwide, 4) provide detailed information for Cyprus, Czech Republic and Italy, where the EnVeROS partners are located, 5) present mitigation measures that are implemented, 6) overview pedagogical aspects, successful practices and case studies regarding WVCs, 7) examine the citizens’ awareness of WVCs impact on biodiversity, society and economy.