The Conference will take place from 13 to 15 October 2014 in the Congress Center "Le Manège".

 

Various sectors, such as land-use planning or agriculture, must be involved in order to ensure biodiversity in the Alps. In many regions the results of projects and studies are often not known or not directly applicable. How can the framework for a sustainable, efficient European environmental policy be improved? And how can the new EU funding programmes effectively contribute to maintaining biodiversity?

These and other topics will be discussed at the international final conference of the greenAlps project.The topics will be addressed by speakers from different perspectives, from European to local level, and discussed within the framework of workshops and field trips.

At the opening of the conference, the local population is invited to exchange views on the added value of protected areas and taste it in form of local delicacies.We invite you to join the discussion!
Contributions will be translated into German, French, Italian and Slovenian.Participation is free of charge.


The programme and the registration form are available at
http://www.greenalps-project.eu/finalconference.

The deadline for registrations is 30 September 2014.

 

The greenAlps project is co-funded by the EU in the context of the Alpine Space Programme INTERREG IV B in order to put into effect the results of current and completed projects in the area of biodiversity.
Further informations of the project available here.

 

 Alpine Space

Published in Events of ALPARC
Friday, 18 June 2010 02:00

ECONNECT and its new tool JECAMI

  The second international meeting of the pilot regions which proceeded in Dobbiaco/Toblach on April 22, 2010 bore its fruits. Indeed, the pilot regions adopted a common tool, entitled JECAMI (Joint Ecological Continuum Analysing and Mapping Initiative-Web services).
This instrument is proposed by the Swiss National Park in collaboration with the Arinas company;

The benefits of this initiative are numerous, indeed, it will make it possible the Pilot regions to apply a strategy harmonized in order to analyze the situation of ecological connectivity. 

 The pilot regions will be able to identify the ideal and priority surface to establish future measures of connectivity, then to make use of it like support of communication on Internet for the various users, and authorities.

This easily accessible tool will bring a visibility of connectivity. It will be possible to visualize at the same time the habitats of the species and the results of connectivity. 

Econnect awaited an effective tool to incorporate and to combine the space results of the project and a facilitated access of all the stakeholders concerned, it’s done!

Ruedi Haller from the Swiss National Park presents the cartographic tool JECAMI 

http://www.alparc.org/the-alparc-network/a-spatial-network/project-econnect

 

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Tuesday, 30 December 2008 01:00

2008: a big year for ecological networks

 2008 was a very important year for ecological networks in the Alps. Here is a brief overview of everything that has been done :

Ecological Continuum project: pre-project phase complete

After 17 months of intensive work during the pre-project phase, the four partners (CIPRA, ISCAR, the WWF and ALPARC) have presented the results that will form the foundations for moving ahead with the practical work on ecological networks in the Alps.
The methodology for establishing ecological networks was out together by a range of scientific experts and has now been finalised and published. The methodology is available at www.alpine-ecological-network.org . The catalogue of measures will also be available soon.

Theoretical basis defined, now for implementation on the ground 

The pilot areas in Austria and Switzerland have already held initial meetings with the key local contributors and activities have now begun in the regions. Meetings with the stakeholders in Germany are due to be held in the near future. In France, the Isère département has begun the operational phase of its large-scale project to recreate biological corridors in the Grésivaudan valley, which includes installing special "animals crossing "warning signs at key points on the road network, alterations to water plants, major awareness-raising campaigns, and more.

A trans-European project

The Alpine Space programme — a European Territorial Cooperation programme — has approved a project proposal with a budget of over EUR 3 million on this subject. The official launch of the ECONNECT project was held in Vienna in early November 2008 (see article ).

Alpine Convention activities

The German presidency of the ecological network platform of the Alpine Convention has commissioned consultants to devise selection criteria to identify potential pilot Alpine sites for the creation of ecological network projects. In January 2009, France will take over the presidency of the platform for two years (to end-2010).

Taking shape…

As you can see, 2008 was a very fruitful year for ecological networks. Not only have we been able to establish a common approach and vision for the Alps, we have also put the first few pieces of the Alpine ecological network in place. We hope that 2009 will be equally productive, so that we can see even more of the bigger picture emerge.

 The Alps and the Carpathians shelter a large variety of large wild animals such as deer, lynx, wolf or bear – species that nowadays strongly depend on humans for the conservation of their natural habitat.

The corridor between the Alps and the Carpathians is a traditional migration route for wildlife. This corridor does not only connect the Eastern border of the Alps with the Little Carpathians in Slovakia but also crosses a highly dynamic European region located between the cities of Bratislava, Sopron and Vienna.

In the frame of this transboundary project financed by European funds, several actors collaborate with the aim of the definition and exemplary realisation of concrete activities to improve ecological connectivity. These actors come from nature protection and landscape planning and cooperate with partners from transport, agri- and silviculture, hunting or tourism and also with the concerned communes.

After an intensive preparation phase the project was started mid February 2010. Several partners from Austria and Slovakia are involved in the project.  

  The Alps-Carpathians corridor supports the aims of the Alpine Convention and constitutes, besides the Danube and the Green Belt along the former “iron curtain”, a major migration route of European importance.

Link to the official project homepage:

http://www.alpenkarpatenkorridor.at/

Further information about the project:

http://www.wwf.at/de/akk/

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 The Ecological Continuum Initiative has published a new series of fact sheets for local stakeholders in German, French and Italian language that are now available online.

The fact sheets are not only informative brochures; their main objective is to put the ideas into action. This is why their target group are the stakeholders, who directly implement ecological networks (e.g. from the ECONNECT pilot regions).

The series of these ten fact sheets covers the most important fields of work, where connectivity measures should be implemented: agriculture, forestry, water management, hunting and fishing, spatial planning, transports, nature protection, tourism, municipalities, and other important players in the establishment of ecological networks.

Each fact sheet will explain the importance from its perspective, regarding ecological connectivity and list concrete measures that stakeholders will be encouraged to implement. Furthermore, good-practice examples from the Alps will be presented in each fact sheet and will show that connectivity measures do work. These good examples will motivate the stakeholders to imitate them. 

The printable pdf version of the fact sheets on nature protection, agriculture, transports, landscape planning, water management and forestry are already available for download at: www.alpine-ecological-network.org.

   A new report “Implementing a Pan-Alpine Ecological Network - A Compilation of Major Approaches, Tools and Activitieson the alpine activities on ecological connectivity over the past years has been published in the series “BfN Skripten” of the German Federal Agency of Nature Protection.
During the last few years various documents, publications and reports which reflect approaches, tools and activities that support the implementation of an ecological network across the Alps have been published. Some of this information had not been made available for a wide public until now. Others exist only as comprehensive independent publications. Therefore these activities and results have now been compiled and summarised by the Ecological Continuum Initiative in the report “Implementing a Pan-Alpine Ecological Network - A Compilation of Major Approaches, Tools and Activities”.

This new report is available in English language. It is available for download here . You can order your free copy writing to kerstin.lehmann@bfn.de

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 From 20th to 23rd September 2010 an international exchange meeting between experts on ecological connectivity from the Alps and the Carpathians was held in Mikulov (CZ). This meeting was organised in the frame of the Memorandum of Cooperation signed in 2008 between the Convention on biological diversity (CBD), the Alpine and the Carpathian Convention.

During these packed but nevertheless very convivial days, the participants had the occasion to visit the Alps-Carpathian-Corridor project , aiming at facilitate migration of large mammals between the two mountain ranges.

The following day was dedicated to the 6th official meeting of the Platform “Ecological network” of the Alpine Convention . In parallel a meeting with representatives from the Carpathians was held, in order to discuss the creation of a similar working group in the frame of the Carpathian Convention. The international conference itself was held on Wednesday, offering numerous presentations of concrete best practice examples and working experiences from both mountain areas. There was also enough room for discussions, one of the main aims of this meeting being the definition of future cooperation projects on this specific topic.

The meeting was closed with an excursion to the Pavla protected area nearby, with an introduction to local problems concerning ecological connectivity but at the same time offering also the possibility to further deepen the exchange between the participants in a more informal frame.

All in all, these days have permitted to set the bases for future cooperation projects and represent a further step to strengthen the good exchange between the two mountain ranges on a topic that is of particular importance for nature protection in the future.  

Published in News from the Alps

On the occasion of a rewarding ceremony organised by the french presidency of the Platform “Ecological network” of the Alpine Vonvention in the frame of the XIth Ministers conference in Brdo (Slovenia) beginning of March 2011, 8 pilot regions have been thanked and congratulated for their exemplary work carried out to improve ecological connectivity on their territories.

 These regions, mostly structured around existing protected areas, carry out concrete activities in the aim of realising an alpine ecological network as stipulated in article 12 of the nature protection protocol of the Alpine Convention. Several personalities present at the event, among which the German state secretary for Environment Mrs. Heinen-Esser, have overhanded the rewarding diploma to the representatives of the pilot regions.

This ceremony has also concluded the 2 years of French presideny oft he Platform Ecological network who has passed the reponsability for this working group to Germany, now in chanrge oft he coorination oft he platform activiteis fort he period 2011-2013.  

List of the pilot regions (from Southwest to Northeast):
- South-western Alps (National Park Mercantour/ Nature Park Alpi Marittime, France-Italy)

- Département de l’Isère (France)

- Transboundary Ecoregion Gran Paradiso - Mont Avic - Mont Emilius (Italy)

- Ecoregion Alpe Veglia ed Alpe Devero (Italy)

- Rhaetian triangle (Engadin/Southtyrol/Trentino/Tyrol, Switzerland-Italy-Austria)

- Transboundary Region Berchtesgaden – Salzburg (Germany-Austria)

- Transbounadry Ecoregion Alpi Giulie (Italy)

- Nördliche Kalkalpen (Austria)

Published in News from the Alps
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: http://www.alpine-ecological-network.org/information-services/film-for-municipalities/film-for-municipalities?set_language=en

 

Link to download the brochure: http://www.alpine-ecological-network.org/information-services/publications/5172?set_language=en