News

Mar 26, 2010

Rhaetian Triangle: new online tools and support for local initiatives

The Swiss National Park (SNP) is currently developing a web based tool to analyze barriers and corridors of the large pilot region Rhaetian Triangle. Furthermore, two local initiatives are concretely acting for the restoration of ecological connectivity. The new map application will allow comparing a freely defined area with other areas in the neighbourhood and identifying the fields with high need of action according to selected indices.

Mar 26, 2010

Alpi Marittime: Ecological corridors preventing car accidents

Traffic infrastructure

In the Italian Alpi Marittime Natural Park car crashes which involve ungulates are very common. In most cases those accidents, besides being hazardous for drivers' life, could have been avoided with a better territorial planning, a more careful infrastructure planning and a warier use of existing technologies. The Alpi Marittime natural park will make use of the new ways to help the passage for animals across busy roads, which have been tested in the Pilot region of Isère.

Mar 26, 2010

Northern Limestone Alps: Involving local population

In the three provinces of Upper and Lower Austria and Styria interviews with 170 stakeholders were held. People were asked about their knowledge, experience and ideas concerning the connectivity of habitats and possible barriers by using a questionnaire. These interviews aimed at receiving an overview of opinions on this theme as well as information on planned or ongoing projects dealing with ecological connectivity in the region.

Mar 26, 2010

Isère Department: Tearing down the barriers

Breda River

The French Isère Pilot Region is very active in the field of ecological connectivity. Besides ECONNECT, since February 2009 the region is engaged in another EU Project named "Paths of life". This project will last six years and has a budget of nine million Euro.

Mar 16, 2010

Green light for deer and lynx in the Alpine-Carpathian Corridor

The new Alpine-Carpathian Corridor project intends to contribute to the re-establishment of the traditional trekking routes of deer, lynx and other wild animals in the region of Vienna/A - Bratislava/SK - Sopron/H.

In future, wild animals will be able to move more easily between the Alps and the adjoining Carpathian Mountains. That is the objective of the recently initiated cross-border project Alpine-Carpathian Corridor. The EU is providing approximately 2 million Euros for it.

Feb 08, 2010

International workshop on connectivity methods

More than 80 experts from all over Europe followed the invitation by the ECONNECT project to share and compare their individual experiences of fieldwork and innovative research methods regarding ecological connectivity in Grenoble, France, from the 4th to 6th of October 2009.

Feb 08, 2010

ECONNECT Project – Working full speed for implementing ecological networks

The ECONNECT project has completed half time of its project life. In the pilot regions the teams are highly committed with preparing the implementation of ecological networks on the ground.

Feb 08, 2010

Fourth meeting of the Platform

The Ecological Network Platform of the Alpine Convention held its fourth meeting on 1st December 2009 in Chamonix, France. The French Presidency presented the Platform work programme for the next two years.

Feb 08, 2010

The Ecological Continuum Initiative in the International Year of Biodiversity

The International Year of Biodiversity, declared by the United Nations, represents even more encouragement for the Ecological Continuum Initiative to further develop its activities in preventing biodiversity loss in the Alps.

Oct 19, 2009

Catalogue of connectivity measures: new publication in English, French, German and Italian

In a landscape used for agricultural purposes, clearance cairns can provide important stepping stone biotopes for sand lizards.

The Continuum Project just published online a catalogue of possible measures for improving ecological connectivity in English, French, German and Italian language.

Nov 06, 2008

ECONNECT: Nature without limits

Barriere

The kick-off for the EU project "ECONNECT - Restoring the web of life" took place in Vienna/A on 4 and 5 November. Over the next three years sixteen partners and four observers from all the Alpine States will be working to implement an ecological network across state borders and the confines of protected areas.

Jul 31, 2008

Biodiversity and climate change as subjects for transnational co-operation

The Alpine Space Programme established in the framework of the INTERREG IVB European Community Initiative Programme is being used to fund a dozen new projects.

Jul 05, 2007

Nature abhors a border

Zerschneidung

Nature in the Alps should be networked more effectively; to this end, the hindrances that stand in the way of animal migration and the spread of vegetation and plants should be made more permeable. Four alpine-wide network organisations are aiming to create an "ecological continuum" in the Alps. The preliminary project has just been given the go-ahead.