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Friday, 20 May 2011 02:00

ECONNECT enters the final straight

 After two and half years of working on the ECONNECT project, innumerable meetings with local stakeholders, project partners and experts, and the long and complex process of developing a methodology, mapping and planning the activities, the project is entering the final phase: implementing the connectivity measures.

The pilot regions have chosen which actions they will implement in order to demonstrate that, after a process of planning and coordination with local stakeholders, it is possible to improve connectivity between our most valuable habitats, which are often also the most fragile. 

Naturally the scope of these activities is limited by the funding available, but they do prove that a structured planning process and awareness-raising can produce results.

 ECONNECT is essentially a planning project and has trialled a fairly sophisticated methodology (Joint Ecological Continuum Analysing and Mapping Initiative – JECAMI, analysis of potential Alpine habitats for certain species and of the fragmentation of the Alpine region). It also engages the stakeholders who are essential to the creation of an ecological continuum in the Alps.

ECONNECT has certainly achieved its aims. The priority now is to draw conclusions based on the findings of the ECONNECT project, notably strategic recommendations on implementing measures and integrating the ideas into Alpine land management policies with a view to facilitating genetic exchanges and improving the potential for conserving Alpine biodiversity.

We have six months left to achieve these aims, as the project has been extended to November 2011.


Act locally: Municipalities contribute to ecological connectivity

ALPARC has shown a number of possibilities how municipalities can pro-actively participate in the implementation of ecological networks in a brochure published in parallel to the movie “For hermits and fire salamanders – How municipalities connect habitats in the Alps” within the Ecological Continuum initiative.
The 16-page brochure "Step by Step to ecological connectivity " gives an overview of different activities for municipalities in the Alpine region illustrating how they can improve the ecological connectivity on their municipal ground through simple concrete actions.



The focus lies on individual areas, such as municipal spatial and land use planning, management of green areas or municipal lighting, as well as on individual stakeholder groups (agriculture, hunters, citizens …).

The brochure offers a number of arguments to councillors and staff explaining the significance of these actions in simple terms, not only for the environment but also for the quality of life of all members of the community.

The actions presented in the brochure have been selected from the collection of the catalogue of measures, and were partly tested in the pilot regions of the ECONNECT project.


The brochure is available in 4 languages (German, French, Italian, English).


Link to the movie:


Link to download the brochure:

Thursday, 10 April 2014 02:00


 Information about the Project Habitalp: "Alpine Habitat Diversity", a project of the Interreg IIIB Alpine Space programme. 2002-2006

The HABITALP project deals with the diversity of alpine habitats and its goal is to monitor in a standardized way long term environmental changes in these habitats. This is performed with the help of colour infrared (CIR) aerial photographs. Special focus is given to the identification and long term survey (monitoring) of NATURA 2000 sites, in particular of habitats cited in annex I of the Habitat Directive, which are detectable by aerial photographs.

11protected areas were active within HABITALP, divided as follows among five nations: Germany (1), Austria (1), Italy (5), France (3), Switzerland (1). Berchtesgaden National Park was the leader for the overall project.


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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 02:00

Guide Solaire & Habitat

Ce document s'adresse aux personnes qui envisagent de construire ou de réhabiliter une maison en y intégrant des dispositifs solaires. Il est le fruit des échanges menés dans le cadre d'un programme européen avec notamment les Parcs des Écrins et du Queyras, le Conseil général et la CAPEB des Hautes-Alpes.

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 02:00


SZENEALPEN 90: Schengen for Flora and Fauna
Why only connected habitats stay diversified

CIPRA, March 2009.
Available in French, Italian, German and Slovenian (No English version).

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BfN-Skripten N°273 : Implementing a Pan-Alpine Ecological Network - A Compilation of Major Approaches, Tools and Activities

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 02:00

AlpMedia Dossier "Ecological networks"

The idea for realising this dossier was borne in the frame of the seminar "Creation of ecological networks between alpine protected areas" which was organised by the Alpine Network of Protected Areas (ALPARC) on 7 and 8 November 2005 in Berchtesgaden, Germany.

The background report which is part of the dossier "Ecological networks" contains relevant information on the instruments that play an important role in the establishment of ecological networks at global, pan-European, European, and national level. Although this report makes no claim to be exhaustive, it provides brief information on the most important instruments, such as conventions, legislation, regulations and programmes connected with ecological networks. In addition to the report, news, publications and links provide further information on the topic.

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This poster about the activities of the Platform "Ecological networks" of the Alpine Convention was presented at the 9th Conference of parties of the CBD in Bonn/D in May 2008.