Eco-Kare International was established in Ontario, Canada in 2009 in response to an increasing demand for green infrastructure: a planned network that combines natural and man-made environments to maintain healthy ecosystems.
As part of green infrastructure, the science of road ecology has evolved. Road ecology is the science of understanding the interactions between roads and the environment, more specifically wildlife, air, vegetation, soil, and water.
The most obvious impact of roads on the environment:
- Increasing number of roadkill, resulting in injuries and fatalities sustained by both motorists and wildlife.
Eco-Kare translates the science of road ecology for decision-makers to aid in planning and designing practical cost-effective road mitigation solutions to reduce negative impacts of roads on the environment.
Eco-Kare also advances subsequent technologies to implement and monitor mitigation solutions.
It is critical that decisions be based on sound data and strategy to advance technologies and facilitate implementation of cost-effective solutions.
Examples of mitigation solutions are:
- Road crossing structures: Wildlife overpass and underpass may be used to allow animals to go over and under the roads, in some cases these structures will also allow water passage
- When combined with fencing, the system connects the natural and built environment and reduces roadkill and improves wildlife and motorist safety.
Eco-Kare International is a federally incorporated company, and carries Errors and Omissions Insurance at $2m and Commercial Liability Insurance at $5m.