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CATEGORIZATION OF MIGRATION BARRIERS FOR LARGE MAMMALS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

AUTHOR/S: P. ANDEL, I. GORCICOVA, L. PETRZILKA, H. BELKOVA
Sunday 1 August 2010 by Libadmin2010

10th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference - SGEM2010, www.sgem.org, SGEM2010 Conference Proceedings/ ISBN 10: 954-91818-1-2, June 20-26, 2010, Vol. 2, 439-446 pp

ABSTRACT

The landscape permeability for wildlife may be negatively affected by number of
elements which create linear or surface barriers. The potential barriers are i.e. roads,
railways, watercourses, urban zones, fenced areas etc. We evaluate all the existing
barriers for migration of large mammals in the CR within the research project
“Evaluation of the landscape permeability for large mammals and proposal of protective
mitigating measures” leading by the Ministry of the Environment. Firstly, we evaluate
the permeability of every barrier from totally impermeable to fully permeable and create
the categorization map of migration barriers for large mammals in the CR. However,
this assessment does not involve the cumulative effects of barriers. Secondly, we
present the surface permeability model where the area is categorized taken into account
the cumulative effect. This barrier assessment is one of the background materials for
further demarcation of migration corridors. When the corridor crosses an existing
barrier it is necessary to assess the level of its permeability. The permeability depends
both on ecological requirements of particular species, and on the character of the
barrier. The result is the assessment of the overall barrier effect and proposal of
mitigating measures.

Keywords: traffic, barriers, large mammals, migration, Czech Republic