Distribution and connectivity of Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) in the Alps

Year of publication: 2010

Workpackage 5: “Corridors and Barriers”

In this report the approaches taken to model the distribution and connectivity of Lynx lynx in the Alps are described. This was undertaken within the project Econnect. The analysis was conducted with the following guidelines in mind:
1. Analysis of species habitat needs in terms of habitat connectivity (e. g. maximum distances, characteristics of corridors/stepping stones).
2. Spatial analysis of current and potential habitats, their lack of connectivity and its reasons (qualitative and quantitative assessment)
3. Characterisation of the barriers by their origin, size, shape and degree of permeability and (economic) assessment of possibilities to diminish them.
According to the analysis of this project, the attention should be drawn to motorways as they are the major barriers for the migration of Lynx populations. Conservation should aim at the connection of core areas that are separated by motorways.

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Cover filmFor hermits and fire salamanders - How municipalities connect habitats in the Alps. DVD, 2012, CIPRA International




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