Future of protected areas: Isolated islands or center of a green network?

Mar 29, 2011
The Hohe Tauern National Park hosts an international conference on protected areas and their role in ecological networks. On 3rd and 4th May 2011 current projects and initiatives on ecological connectivity in Europe, in the Alps and in the Hohe Tauern Pilot Region will be presented in Mallnitz/A.

More habitat for the wood grouse: improvement of habitat connectivity in and around the Hohe Tauern National Park
© Dietmar Streitmaier

The German speaking conference "Future of protected areas" will show the latest results and highlight the challenges for the future.
The Hohe Tauern National Park as the largest protected area in the Alps is an essential part of their ecological network. Despite its remarkable size of more than 1800 km², it only offers habitats for a limited number of individuals of certain species. A golden eagle needs for example a territory which measures between 50 and 100 km², the home range of a bearded vulture may comprise several 100 km² and the movement radius of a lynx raises up to 1'000 km². A single protected area cannot ensure the protection of species with such huge spatial requirements. The unique biodiversity of the Alps can only be secured through a functioning ecological network.
Further information and registration: www.hohetauern.at/index.php?option=com