Pilot Regions - Making it happen

The protected areas in the Alps have a special role to play. They are often the last refuges for plants and animals and constitute therefore important core areas in an alpine ecological network. To fulfil their nature protection task in the long term, they must be connected to one another, thus enabling undisturbed natural processes.


In the framework of ECONNECT, seven pilot projects have been running to show how the management of protected areas and the affected regional actors can co-operate to restore and maintain ecological networks. The pilot projects are now serving as models to encourage as many regions as possible to implement the vision of an Alps-wide ecological continuum.

Nomination of Pilot regions

The Platform Ecological Network of the Alpine Convention has developed a concept for the nomination of pilot regions. On this basis the Alpine Conference on 8 March 2011 officially recognised and rewarded eight Alpine regions - among which five ECONNECT pilot regions - for their exemplary work aiming at the creation of an alpine ecological network. Check for more information on the nomination concept and a short report on the rewarding ceremony.

Pilot region strategy and implementation recommendations

Building on the results of the Ecological Continuum Initiative and existing agreements with the project partners, an approach in three phases has been proposed for all the pilot regions, which has has been implemented as part of the Alpine Space ECONNECT project. The pilot region strategy expands on the proposals made by various scientific experts regarding common methods for creating ecological networks in the Alps and on the discussions among the ECONNECT pilot regions and other ECONNECT partners.

The common methods have been summarised in one document:
Methodology for pilot regions

The Implementation Recommendations give a step-by-step overview on how to start implementation activities on ecological connectivity.

Econnect pilot regions

Here you can find the descriptions of the Econnect pilot regions.