News archive

Here are listed previous news items on the connectivity topic as well as news on the work of the Ecological Network Platform, the Ecological Continuum Initiative and the Econnect project. All news are available in English, though some are also available in the main four Alpine languages – German, Italian, French and Slovenian. At the moment, this page is not updated anymore.

Mar 14, 2012

Swiss-Italian cooperation in favor of ecological connectivity

During the last Alpine Conference in March 2011 the Alpine Convention officially nominated 8 pilot regions for ecological connectivity in the Alps.

Feb 22, 2012

CIPRA's point of view: Water on!


Austria's checklist for the building of hydroelectric power plants is technically sound, offering transparency for building permits, but no protection for ecologically intact waters.

Nov 30, 2011

Documentation on ECONNECT results now available

Econnect Final Booklet

The ECONNECT partners have now compiled their results in a series of publications. There are dedicated reports for ECONNECT's key target groups: all different kinds of stakeholders (final booklet), experts (synopsis, species reports, reports on legal barriers), policy makers (policy recommendations) and practitioners (implementation recommendations).

Nov 30, 2011

ECONNECT's results discussed at the final conference

Econnect Schlusstagung

After three years of research and fieldwork, the ECONNECT project has come to a conclusion. From 26 to 28 September political representatives of the six Alpine countries as well as experts and scientific researchers from local and international institutions attended ECONNECT's final conference in Berchtesgaden, Germany.

Nov 30, 2011

ECONNECT's battle and success with data management


In order to analyse and visualize connectivity on an alpine-wide level as well as on a regional level for the seven Pilot Areas ECONNECT partners needed geographic data.

Nov 30, 2011

Innovative online tools to assess and visualise connectivity

The 'superspecies' application of JECAMI

Real connectivity depends on a comprehensive planning process. The complex system of interactions and mechanisms in human societies calls for an analytic and comprehensive approach.

Nov 30, 2011

Alpine barriers and the way they affect species

ECONNECT researchers analysed how barriers affect selected species: lynx, brown bear, wolf, red deer, black grouse, griffon vulture, bullhead and fish otter. For the terrestrial species they found out that altitude and forest availability are the major factors influencing species distribution.

Nov 30, 2011

The promotion of a common Legal Framework

the eight Alpine countries

The Alps consist of eight different countries, each of which has its own legal framework. A specific working group provided an overview of the different legislations in force at various governance levels that potentially affect ecological connectivity.

Nov 30, 2011

Connectivity in pictures

The winning pictures of ECONNECT

Besides classic communication tools such as newsletters and press releases ECONNECT used innovative tools to raise awareness among the general public and the stakeholders.

Nov 30, 2011

Benefit for wood picker, capercaillie and co.

Western capercaillie: in the Hohe Tauern Pilot Region the habitat conditions for this threatened bird have been improved through forest management.

In ECONNECT's Pilot Regions a number of actions were implemented improving connectivity for selected species and habitats.