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Building partnerships and investing in nature: the linear way in Africa

10 – 15th March 2019

Nombulo Mdluli Conference Centre at Skukuza Rest Camp, 
Kruger National Park, South Africa


The inaugural African Conference for Linear Infrastructure and Ecology (ACLIE) will be held in 2019 in the iconic Kruger National Park, co-hosted by the Endangered Wildlife Trust and Eskom. The conference will be centred around the theme of Building Partnerships and Investing in nature: the Linear Way in Africa. It will focus on the intersection of people and linear infrastructure, specifically how both people and nature are connected along, across and between different types of infrastructure.

Africa is the world’s second largest and second most-populous continent. At about 30.3 million km2 (11.7 million square miles) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth’s total surface area and 20% of its total land area. With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the world’s human population.

Africa boasts the world’s largest combination of density and ‘range of freedom’ of wild animal populations and diversity. It has over 3 000 protected areas, 198 marine protected areas, 50 biosphere reserves, and 80 wetlands reserves.

We are living in the most explosive era of infrastructure expansion in human history, with 9/10ths of all new infrastructure being built in devel­oping nations, mainly in tropical and subtropical regions that contain Earth’s most diverse ecosystems.

Linear infrastructure (which includes roads, railways, pipelines, fencing and powerlines) has numerous, diverse, and mostly negative consequences for biodiversity by, among other things, destroying and degrading, fragmenting ecological connectively and wildlife populations and their dynamics, direct impacts through collisions and secondary impacts through increased access to previously unattainable natural resources.


This first of its kind conference seeks to move away from a siloed approach, and bring various modes of linear infrastructure together, namely:

  • Roads and Rail
  • Energy
  • Canals, Pipelines and Fences

Experts in transportation development, related scientific study, policy issues, and administrative processes are encouraged to attend ACLIE to share current research, quality applications and best practices that can enhance both the project development process and the ecological sustainability of all linear infrastructure modes.


The conference will take place at the Nombulo Mdluli Conference Centre at Skukuza Rest Camp, which is situated within the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa.  Apart from being home to the Big Five and a host of other iconic African mammals, the park is also renowned for its diversity of bird species.


All conference arrangements will be facilitated and managed by africaMASSIVE, a professional conference organising company.


The aims of ACLIE are:

1) To promote a safe and ecologically sustainable pan-African linear infrastructure; and

2) To promote networking opportunities and effective partnerships that facilitate communication and exchange of knowledge, ideas and news.


Our focus will target four main themes:

  1. Impacts of linear infrastructure on local flora and fauna;
  2. Linear infrastructure through sensitive areas;
  3. Mitigating impacts; and
  4. Building partnerships


The ACLIE programme includes podium presentations, posters, field trips, and exhibits on topics of special interest to researchers, biologists, engineers, planners, project managers, administrators, and policy makers.


If you are interested in attending the conference, details are below;



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