Visualising connectivity of species in pilot regions
On the third meeting of Econnect partners status quo of single working packages has been presented.
The analysis of barriers and corridors for the six selected species at Alpine level is mainly done. The maps visualizing their situation of connectivity in the Alps will be available in February 2011. An online geospatial data catalogue offers the possibility to access the data used and contributes to the Alpine data pool SOIA (System for the Observation and Information on the Alps) of the Alpine Convention.
In the participating Pilot Regions, an online tool (named JECAMI) will be available by the end of 2010 showing the connectivity situation at regional and later on at Alpine level. It is based on the integrative analysis of different ecological indicators summarized in the 'Continuum Suitability Index' (CSI). It has become obvious that the terminus "connectivity" still needs a more profound scientific basis, regarding the positive and negative aspects of connectivity and its implications with species migration and functionalities of landscape.
The analysis of the legal situation of connectivity has proven a number of available instruments which, however, are difficult to apply (e.g. EGTC model). In 2011 a main focus of the Econnect project will be on the dissemination of results and on provoking political support for the topic of ecological connectivity.