Green Infrastructure: An Engineer’s approach – Wednesday, 26th November 2014

Juan D. Quintero

Director EEC – Environmental Engineering Consultants, USA


Wednesday, 26th November 2014, 1-2pm

GH514 (level 5, Graham Hills Building)

50 Richmond Street, Glasgow



All welcome but please register to attend here:

This presentation will propose a multi-level approach for biodiversity friendly infrastructure development to address impacts at various levels, from public/governmental (international, national, sector plans and policies) to private/corporate (voluntary measures, financing, and project design and operations). The premise behind this approach is that only through solutions at all levels will biodiversity impacts from infrastructure be minimized; efforts made at only one level (as has been done to date) will prove insufficient. Based on case studies from many countries around the world, the presentation will demonstrate how integrating natural habitat issues into the design, construction and operation of infrastructure projects can both substantially reduce the associated environmental costs and create win-win results for conservation and development. Specifically, infrastructure projects can provide and/or leverage important resources that might not be available for strictly “green” projects, resulting in a significant conservation gain.  This presentation will show that many projects are redefining the role of infrastructure development with regard to conservation. Good design, as well as innovative engineering construction and operational techniques, have been devised specifically to avoid natural habitats, reduce the area of the disturbed sites, minimize the magnitude and extent of unavoidable impacts, and mitigate all remaining impacts. In addition, compensation measures can be built into the operational costs of the infrastructure thus guaranteeing their long term sustainability.


JUAN D. QUINTERO. Civil and Environmental Engineer, with over 40 years of experience in risk assessment, mitigation and compensation of environmental and social impacts associated with development projects, especially transport and hydroelectric projects around the world. Senior Environmental Specialist at the Word Bank from 1993 to 2010 in charge of ensuring compliance with World Bank environmental and social safeguard policies in infrastructure projects. Specialist in the application of construction environmental management plans, and regional, cumulative and strategic environmental assessments to hydroelectric programs. An independent consultant from 2010 until present, experience including: (i) support to infrastructure projects with IADB (roads in Bolivia, Metro in Quito, wind power in Mexico); (ii) preparation of a Manual for JICA on “Protecting Natural Habitats in Infrastructure projects”; (iii) technical assistance to Alto Maipo Hydropower Development Project to develop a Cumulative impact Assessment report for IADB and IFC;  (iii) support to Safeguard Coordination Team in the East Region of the World Bank in charge of preparing manuals for health, education and community development projects; (iii) preparing paper for IADB on Natural Habitats issues in LAC; (iv) assessing the Peru EIA system for Bank Information System (BIC); delivering training courses at Birmingham University on environmental management of rural roads. Member of Panel of experts/independent monitoring teams for several hydroelectric projects including the 2400 MW Ituango hydroelectric project in Colombia, the 200 MW Changuinola II Hydroelectric Project in Panama, and the 305 MW Reventazon Hydroelectric Project in Costa Rica. Other hydroelectric projects include Tumarin in Nicaragua, Alto Maipo in Chile, Kabeli and Trishuli in Nepal, Nandarivatu in Fiji Islands, Nam Then II in Lao PDR, Yacyreta in Argentina, and several run-of –river plants in Vietnam.  Recent publications include “Good Dams-Bad Dams”, “Mainstreaming Conservation in Infrastructure Projects”, “Green Infrastructure in Tiger Range Countries: a Multi-Level Approach”, “Protecting Natural Habitats in Road Development”;“Biodiversity Offsets and Infrastructure”; “Maintsreamaing Environmental and Social Safeguards in Gas Pipeline Projects: the Bolivia-Brazil GS Pipeline Project”. Current Member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA).

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