Green light for greenAlps
To ensure an intact biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystem services in the Alps, there is a requirement for long-term landscape planning, new methods of co-operation between the various stakeholders and decision-makers, as well as preventive measures.
The greenAlps project is based on the Econnect and recharge.green projects, amongst others. From 2008 to 2011 Econnect investigated how ecological network in the Alpine space could be improved via concrete measures and gave already concrete policy recommendations. The on-going recharge.green project is developing instruments to evaluate biodiversity and the services of ecosystems in the Alps in relation to the production of renewable energy.
The greenAlps project involves the major networks of NGOs, protected areas and research organisations in the Alps. The applicability of the strategic results and their transferability to European level will be tested in pilot areas that represent very different regions of the Alps: the National Parks of Triglav (SIovenia), Kalkalpen and Gesäuse (Austria) and Berchtesgaden (Germany) and the Prealpi Giulie Nature Park (Italy).
The lead partner of greenAlps is ALPARC, the Alpine Network of Protected Areas, further seven partners are involved. The project runs from September 2013 to November 2014 and is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the frame of the Alpine Space Programme.