Ecological Networks in the European Alps

Creating an ecological network in the Alps is of crucial importance for the preservation of the extraordinary biodiversity and ecosystem functions.


International Workshop "Take advantage of land use change for improving connectivity"
26th - 27th of March 2014, Innsbruck/AT
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The Ecological Continuum Initiative

Ecological Continuum in the Alps: from 50 questions to a few concerted actions

(27.05.2013) How will demographic change affect the future of the ecological continuum? And which indicators of species and habitats can be used to assess an ecological network? These are just two of the 50 questions put together by scientists, politicians and environmentalists from all the Alpine lands. More »


Platform “Ecological network” of the Alpine Convention

Alpine Convention strengthens co-operation between neighbouring countries

(27.5.2013) With its new presidency, the "Ecological Network" Platform of the Alpine Convention is now continuing its work. In focus over the next two years are cross-border co-operation between neighbouring states and activities in the pilot regions.


Other projects and initiatives

Win-win for nature, economy and society: more green infrastructure throughout Europe

(27.05.2013) Since May the countries of the European Union have received guidelines on how to promote green infrastructure. The European Commission has adopted its strategy on this topic with the aim of better integrating natural processes into spatial planning and strengthening the benefits of intact ecosystems for the economy and society. In addition, Natura2000 and Emerald sites have been further recognized as major elements in an ecological network.


About this website

This website offers you an overview on the connectivity topic, showing why, how and by whom the ecological networks in the Alps should be implemented (see section "The Alpine Ecological Network"). In the section "About us" three major initiatives aiming at the creation of an Alpine ecological network are presented. You can follow their current activities and download their products. Furthermore, the website offers you news and overview on events related to connectivity in the Alps in general. Most news are available in English, some also in German, French, Italian and Slovenian. Events and their descriptions are available in the respective language of the event. The section "Information services" offers access to publications, projects, experts, links, funding sources etc. Part of this information is available in several languages.

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Results of the Econnect project

During 3 years 16 partners from all Alpine countries have worked together towards a better ecological connectivity in the Alps. The project's results are documented in a series of publications in English, German, French, Italian and Slovenian. More

Visit our online Measures Catalogue!


Here you can browse in our online Measures Catalogue. All contents of the Catalogue are collected in this report which is being updated regularly.


Online mapping services

Econnect's online mapping services are useful tools for analysing and visualizing connectivity data. Click here fore more information.

Use the Wall at your events!

Are you planning an event drawing attention to the fragmentation of habitats? We have six walls that you can borrow for that purpose. More