Guidelines for regional, interregional and cross-border development strategies creating ecological corridors

Year of publication: 2011


Open spaces, which are of high importance for humans, animals and plants, are endangered because of the continuous growth in terms of economy, housing, infrastructure and many other sectors contributing to a continuous soil sealing. The present project seeks to channel the competing claims of utilization of open spaces or to sustain the diverse functions of these areas respectively. Especially the protection of extensive local recreation areas as well as the protection of coherent open spaces in the present and future settlement areas of Styria is vital to facilitate the unobstructed dispersal of fauna and flora.
The project fulfils a further cross-linking function. Through the close collaboration between the disciplines of spatial planning and ecology (nature conservation) an added value for all departments can be generated, which could not be achieved by one discipline on its own.
The present approach of connecting open spaces corresponds to the strategies of the EC which have been published in summer 2010 and propagate the consideration of various relevant disciplines when connecting open spaces. Therefore the innovative approach of the Styrian “Green Network” makes a significant contribution to the European-wide starting discussion about connecting open spaces and should be introduced in other countries as well.

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Cover filmFor hermits and fire salamanders - How municipalities connect habitats in the Alps. DVD, 2012, CIPRA International

 

 

 

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