ECONNECT - Restoring the web of life
The objective of the ECONNECT project, which ran from August 2008 to November 2011, was to protect, maintain and restore ecological connectivity in the Alps. For this purpose a number of pilot regions have been selected with the aim of developing a methodology that is applicable to the whole of the Alpine region. ECONNECT has thus helped to establish continuity between areas of ecological importance in the Alps which have already taken the first steps in implementing biotope connectivity in their respective regions. This process also contributed to the further development of a more dynamic approach to nature protection, which can be effective beyond the limits of the protected areas as they are defined today.
The project involved international organisations that are closely involved in the Alpine Convention as well as research institutions and local partners (management of protected areas, local authorities), who were working together to define the needs and open questions and to develop innovative instruments to improve the ecological networks of the Alps.
The results of the ECONNECT project are documented on the project website, see in particular the final documents in several languages in the download area.