The Platform “Ecological Network” of the Alpine Convention

Connecting natural spaces is of key importance for the nature protection goals of the Alpine Convention. Therefore the Alpine Convention established its “Ecological Network” Platform in 2007.

Its goal is to create an alpine cross-boundary spatial network of protected areas and connecting elements with the support of experts, policy makers and other relevant groups.Through the Platform, alpine countries will be able to share, compare, and revise crucial information on measures and methodologies. The Platform provides an important link between policy makers, the scientific community and practitioners. It also allows a more efficient cooperation with other sectors.

Experts will work within the Platform on three key areas of concern: scientific support for the establishment of an ecological network, its project-oriented implementation and the advancement of an alpine wide ecological network.

Its tasks:

Concrete tasks will be the enlargement and integration of crossboundary protected areas in the framework of existing activities, for example the development of the Natura2000 and Emerald networks; the elaboration of methodologies for the connection of habitats, and supporting the implementation of connection measures for Alpine species and habitats. Some regions have already started cross-boundary work. Platform activities will further support and develop the ongoing work. 


  • Alpine Convention
  • Alpine Ecological Network This website is dedicated on the one hand to the "Ecological Continuum Initiative" of the Consortium ALPARC/CIPRA/ISCAR and on the other hand to the platform "Ecological network" of the Alpine Convention. This website offers a list of publications and events on this topic as well as a search engine to find alpine experts in different thematic fields related to ecological networks.