At the XIVth Alpine Conference in Grassau (Germany) two new Pilot Regions were nominated by the Alpine Convention: the Achental Region (Germany) and the French part of the Ecoregion Mont Blanc.
The evaluation carried out by the Platform Ecological network of the Alpine Convention on the already existing 8 Pilot Regions has confirmed their valuable contribution to the implementation of a pan-alpine ecological network and their nomination has been confirmed for the upcoming 4 years.
Interesting details on the activities of the Pilot Regions can be found on the modules of the exhibition on Alpine Pilot Regions for Ecological Connectivity.
The publication “Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come” edited in October 2016 gives an overview about twelve years’ experience on ecological connectivity in the Alps and offers interesting perspectives for the evolutions of the upcoming years. Numerous experts and scientists have contributed to this publication. A large number of unpublished maps complete the articles that propose a detailed analysis on various topics such as the link between ecological connectivity and ecosystem services, the alpine Pilot Regions for ecological connectivity, the European and national policies on ecological networks, the cartography of alpine connectivity areas and many more.
Three short videos were realized to promote the publication, explaining in a simple and entertaining way the topic of ecological connectivity to a larger public.
Will the three love stories come to a happy end? Join our fish, ibex and bearded vulture in their quest for love:
"Life needs connectivity- Three love stories"
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Wien, 05.10.2016 (UWD). Die europäischen Naturschutzregelungen Fauna-Flora-Habitat- und Vogelschutzrichtlinie (FFH- und VS-RL) sind Grundlage für die Einrichtung von mittlerweile mehr
als 270 Natura 2000-Gebieten in Österreich. Obwohl die Richtlinien seit 1995 in Österreich in Kraft sind, bestehen immer noch Vorurteile und Ängste, wenn es um die Ausweisung neuer
Gebiete und die Umsetzung von Projekten geht. Einerseits, weil Österreich in der Schutzgebietsausweisung seit Jahren zu den EU-Schlusslichtern zählt und dadurch Verunsicherung
besteht, andererseits, weil diverse Vorurteile – wie etwa wirtschaftliche Benachteiligung durch eine Schutzgebietsausweisung – kursieren. Der Umweltdachverband beauftragte daher im
Rahmen des von EU und Bund geförderten Gemeinschaftsprojekts „gREen.watch“ (Projektpartner BirdLife Österreich und WWF Österreich) die Technische Universität Wien (TU), den Zusammenhang zwischen Natura 2000 und Wirtschaft in einer umfassenden Studie zu erforschen.
Two new members
We are glad to welcome 2 new members in our network this year: The Natural Park Ötztal, in Austria and the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous region in Italy
Changes in management
In February 2016, the National Stelvio Park consortium (IT) that managed the park since October 1995, has been dissolved. Since the 1st of March, the park administrative supervision and management has been transferred to the related territories: Autonomous Province of Bolzano and of Trento and Lombardy region. A coordination committee, presided by Ugo Parolo, insures the unity of the park. Wolfgang Platter, director of the former consortium, has retired the 1st of September 2016. Involved for years in the network, he remains ALPARC Council Vice President until the next elections. We already wish him success in his personal projects.
In the French protected areas, several nominations are highlighted
Henriette Martinez, Major of Laragne-Montéglin (Hautes-Alpes), President of the Laragnais Community of Communes, is the new president of the Baronnies Provençales Regional Nature Park, an organisation she has supported since the beginning. This year she was also elected President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte-D’azur Regional Nature Parks network and Vice President of the French Federation of Regional Nature Parks.
As for Eva Aliacar, she has assumed the position of Director of the National Nature Park of Vanoise last July. She is the second woman to manage the Park since its creation and replaces Emmanuel Michau.
Regarding the Nature Park of the Massif des Bauges, it is Jean-Luc Desbois, former deputy director who is now at its head.
3 French Alpine National Parks strenghten their cooperation
The presidents and directors of the 3 National Parks of the French Alps (Mercantour, Vanoise, Écrins) are involved to make a joint effort to settle technical cooperation and to look for financings. European financing search for joint actions is one of the most important point of this cooperation. Actions have already been pooled: as regards scientific research, "Lacs sentinelles" and "Alpages sentinelles" programmes that are great examples.
Following summer reads on the beach or on the grass, we recommend reads for the beginning of the autumn term with some studious books:
"Wilderei im rhätischen Dreiländereck" - "Poaching in the Raetian region – Cross-border studies tracking until Tibet"
This book (304 p.) was written by Heinrich Haller, Director of the Swiss National Park and will be published in October 2016 in German language and in 2017 in Italian language. A presentation of the book is planned for the 12th October 2016, 8.30pm, in Zernez/CH.
To read an extract: https://issuu.com/haupt/docs/9783258079653
“Urban Protected Areas - Profiles and best practice guidelines” – IUCN (2014)
Continued urbanization and metropolisation make urban protected areas a matter of crucial concern. In this volume the IUCN emphasizes management approaches that are especially relevant to protected areas in urban regions.
"Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come"
ALPARC is currently completing the publication of its book to be published in October 2016, on the occasion of AlpWeek and the XIV Alpine Conference which end the German Presidency of the Alpine Convention, in Grassau/D from the 11th to the 15th October 2016. The book is published by the German Ministry of Environment in English language and will be downloadable on ALPARC website www.alparc.org/nature2030.
Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come
The book "Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come" is published by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
The Federal Ministry for the Environment considers the creation of an ecological network in Europe to be crucial for achieving a global network of protected areas as envisaged in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In this context, the spatial connectivity of protected areas and transboundary protected areas plays an important role in the implementation of the Alpine Convention. Article 12 of the Nature Protection and Landscape Conservation Protocol of the Alpine Convention envisages the creation of an ecological network.
The publication has been published in partnership with ALPARC, the University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna and Blue! .
This publication is available as e-paper .
You can order the publication at : http://www.bmub.bund.de/en/service/publications/downloads/details/artikel/alpine-nature-2030/
"Life needs connectivity- Three love stories" - 3 video clips
Ecological connectivity is needed on land, under water and in the air to safeguard biodiversity for future generations.
The three video clips "Life needs connectivity.Three love stories" are made by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (Germany ) in partnership with ALPARC, University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna and Blue! in the frame of the work of the publication " Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come " .
Video produced by MischiefVisit.
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The alpine Pilot Regions for ecological connectivity stay among the working priorities of the Platform “Ecological Network” of the Alpine Convention.
After the nomination of a new transboundary pilot region between Italy and Slovenia at the last Alpine Conference in November 2014 in Torino, the Platform “Ecological Network” of the Alpine Convention underlined its determination to work in close cooperation with the existing pilot regions and to support the nomination of new pilot regions.
The German-French presidency of the Platform under the chair of Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst (BfN) has proposed a series of activities to implement the mandate of the working group: the cooperation with other Platforms of the Alpine Convention, an active participation in the work done for the alpine macro regional strategy (EUSALP) as well as a strong support to the development of new European projects on the topic of ecological connectivity.
The Platform Ecological network is also involved in the European effort of establishing “green infrastructure” participating and contributing to the Working Group “Green Infrastructure and Restoration” and by presenting the alpine activities to a European public at the upcoming Green Week that takes place in Brussels in June 2015.
Page of the EU Commission on green infrastructure: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/ecosystems/index_en.htm
Platform “Ecological Network “of the Alpine Convention: http://www.alpconv.org/fr/organization/groups/WGEcologicalNetwork/default.html
This section includes all the PowerPoint presentations shown during the Workshop „Wildlife and connected habitats” that took place the 11th and 12th of December 2014 in Admont, at the Gesäuse National Park – Styria (Austria)