"Grünes Licht für ökologische Korridore" (Green Light for ecological corridors), French-Swiss border in the Geneva Basin area

The “Green Light for Ecological Corridors” educational pathway was developed within the framework of a transnational Interreg III A project by three nature conservation organisations: Pro Natura Genève, Appollon 74 and FRAPNA Haute-Savoie. It runs from the Arve river in Switzerland to the higher altitudes of the Salève. Along the pathway, there are numerous information boards which explain the significance of ecological corridors. The boards were designed in conjunction with school classes from the local area. As part of this collaboration, teachers and students explored the topic of habitat connectivity in great detail. 20 classes were involved in total.
© Yann Kohler
© Yann Kohler

The pathway is structured along two main themes. On the one hand, it aims to underscore the importance of protecting existing habitats. On the other, it outlines various opportunities to reduce landscape fragmentation and thus facilitate the mobility of fauna. In addition, various other educational tools, such as a brochure and a touring exhibition, were developed as part of the project.

In parallel to this project, an information campaign was targeted specifically at persons in positions of responsibility in the field of spatial planning and in the local administrations. A manual with decision-making aids was designed especially for this group, and information events were organised. One of the main objectives of these events was to present the multifunctionality of corridors which are significant not only in ecological terms but which also perform key social functions (as spaces for leisure and recreation) and economic functions (e.g. through sustainable management of roadside verges).

Balance

This measure cannot be expected to produce direct ecological impacts. However, the good cooperation and extremely high level of interest on the part of the many participating school classes, as well as the well-attended daytime and evening events for decision-makers in the municipalities and administrations, demonstrate the high level of interest in the measure and are thus likely to have an indirect positive ecological impact.

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