Benefit for wood picker, capercaillie and co.

Nov 30, 2011
In ECONNECT's Pilot Regions a number of actions were implemented improving connectivity for selected species and habitats.
Western capercaillie: in the Hohe Tauern Pilot Region the habitat conditions for this threatened bird have been improved through forest management.

Western capercaillie: in the Hohe Tauern Pilot Region the habitat conditions for this threatened bird have been improved through forest management.
© Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt WSL

The white-backed wood picker was in the focus in the Northern Limestone Alps; Berchtesgaden-Salzburg improved extensively utilised grasslands; Hohe Tauern provided freedom for western capercaillie; the Southwestern Alps cooperated with ski companies on aerial connectivity; Isère switched off its lights; and the Raethian Triangle negotiated in favour of the Rombach River. More details about the specific actions in the field are provided in the final booklet.
In order to ensure the success and the coherence of such measures in the Alpine-wide picture, the partners developed a comprehensive methodology. The results derived from the analysis in all Pilot Regions will serve as a basis for future spatial planning processes so that the spaces not yet fragmented and essential for species movements can be preserved.