ROADLESS AREAS - biodiversity conservation

  1. Preservation of native biodiversity
  2. Barrier against invasive species
  3. Preservation of genetic resources
  4. Maintenance of ecosystem connectivity and integrity
  5. Ensure habitat for viability of populations
  6. Provide migration corridors and stopovers

ROADLESS AREAS - ecosystem services

  1. Water regulation and supply
  2. Erosion control
  3. Air quality
  4. Climate regulation
  5. Disease control (e.g. Lyme disease)
  6. Pollination of crops
  7. High resilience to pest outbreak
  8. Recreation
  9. Education and scientific value

ROADLESS AREAS - climate change

  1. High resilience and buffering capacity
  2. Protection against catastrophic events (e.g. fires, landslides, floods)
  3. Carbon sequestration and decrease of greenhouse gases effects
  4. Support species adaptation







“Contagious development” effect of roads

Roads provide access to undisturbed areas, thus opening them up for more roads and developments.picture1






Keeping areas road-free is the best way to protect them


 Białowieża, Poland © Nuria Selva



Parque Nac Sangay © Pierre Ibisch