Lead Partner (LP) of the project is ALPARC – Alpine Network of Protected Areas, France. The project consortium combines participants from 6 alpine countries and from different levels: protected areas, research institutions, administrative bodies, private sector business and NGOs. The network of observer organisations involves more than 25 institutions, including policy makers, regions and the Secretariat of the Alpine Convention.
ALPARC gathers the Protected Areas (PA) from different categories of the entire alpine Arc. Ecological connectivity is a key topic of its work since 13 years and the implementation of an alpine ecological network as defined by the Alpine Convention is among the principal objectives. In this frame it has been involved in numerous projects on the topic, also as lead partner of ASP. As observer to the Alpine Convention, participant to the EUSALP AG7 and member of the EU WG on Green Infrastructure and local contact through the PA administrations a close link to different policy levels is insured. Several of the protected areas involved in the project are official Pilot Regions for Ecological connectivity nominated by the Alpine Convention.
LIST OF PROJECT PARTNERS
Hohe Tauern, Nationalpark
Hohe Tauern NP was established more than 30 years ago as one of the biggest protected areas in Central Europe to protect at long-term wide areas of the Austrian main-ridge of the Alps. In this 30 years Hohe Tauern NP established the Nationalpark idea in its region working together with all stakeholders (land owners, tourism, majors, hunting organisations, governmental departments,…). Nature protection (ecosystems/Natura2000 habitats) and species conservation projects play a big role in the work and history of Hohe Tauern NP (e.g. bearded vulture, ibex, native trout, …).The NP and its work does not stop at the protected areas borders and for a lot of species it is important that the whole region is aware of its impacts on biodiversity.
Kalkalpen National Park
The NPK has worked on issues of ecological connectivity (in cooperation with Gesäuse NP) in the projects ECONNECT and greenAlps. With the Netzwerk Naturwald the NPK has established an outstanding EC programme, serving as a best practice example. It as has wide experiences with special species protection measures and stakeholder dialogue. The area of NPK lies within a pilot region nominated by the Alpine Convention. NPK will deliver its experiences on ecological connectivity to the partnership and use the contacts within its own network. On the other hand NPK wants to take benefit from the experience of other PPs and their network to get an Alpine wide transfer of knowledge to improve EC on a regional and on an Alps wide level.
University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology
As a wildlife research institute FIWI has extensive experience in the area of wildlife management, in particular in the Alpine region. Topics of the project are dealt with at the Institute on a daily basis, both in the biology/ecology- and in the policy domain. FIWI lends its expertise in various types of investigations and inquiries concerning aspects of wildlife health and management in ecological contexts. The Institute has substantial expertise in ecological and biological issues related to hunting, as well as in pathological exams including for forensic investigations of wildlife crimes. FIWI has extensive experience with international projects, including projects in the ASP: recharge.green, ECONNECT, greenAlps.
Asters, Conservatory of natural areas of Upper Savoy
Asters manages 9 national nature reserves and is one of the main stakeholders for the Mont Blanc massif conservation. One of its aims is to help local authorities better integrate biodiversity and ecological connectivity stakes into local strategies and policies. It has regionally worked on identifying biodiversity cores and corridors and the actions to maintain or restore them, involving all concerned stakeholders. It has contributed since 2006 to the development of the Rhône-Alps ecological network. It has also worked actively on the France-Vaud-Geneva transborder area, by developing “corridors contracts” and taking part in a INTERREGVA project. It also assists many local authorities with their planning projects including ec issues.
French Hunters´ Association
The FNC brings together 22 regional associations of hunters, 90 departmental associations of hunters and 1.2 mio hunters in France. FNC leads, with its network, environmental educational programs and environmental mediation campaigns towards hunters and non-hunters. With its network of local hunters associations,FNC is involved in the field of wildlife and habitats management. The local hunter’s associations work in this context to the development of ecological corridors connectivity plans in the various French administrative regions. FNC will bring its expertise in terms of big game and large carnivores, in terms of ec. FNC regularly participates in EU projects in the field of biodiversity conservation at different decentralized levels.
blue! advancing european projects GbR
blue! provides longstanding experience in landscape planning topics (including ecological connectivity in the Alps since 2009), stakeholder communication and EU project management. Moreover, blue! has a deep knowledge of EU environmental policies and the implementation of the Acquis Communautaire (in particular Natura 2000 and river management) by carrying out capacity building measures (within the EU Twinning Programme) in almost all CEE countries. blue! has carried out several studies on EU spatial development aspects as well as professional political network management and communication with stakeholders at transnational and cross-border level during the past 10 years.
DVL is the umbrella organisation and a knowledge-hub for 160 Landcare Associations (LCA) in Germany. DVL is also a consultant to the Federal Government and State Departments. DVL will help to found new LCA in the roject and offer trainings and handbooks. LCA work in the field of cultural landscape management and the implementation of habitat networks for more than 25 years. Their core characteristic is the cooperative way of work, based on the cooperation with local stakeholders (nature conservationists, farmers and local authorities). Representatives of these groups are represented equally on their boards. LCA find ways to encourage landscape management in conjunction with farmers to put EU-directives (i.e. Natura2000, WFD) into action.
National park Administration Berchtesgaden
The PP is very experienced in all types of Alpine ecol. Questions and aspects, covering habitat and species management, NATURA2000, stakeholder involvement and ec. The NP carries out regular species monitoring, organizes landscape management and develops concepts to improve the ecological status of the park area and its surroundings (including the biosphere reserve and cross-border to the neighbouring Austrian PA) It has elaborated a landscape management framework for the overall region of Berchtesgaden with all relevant stakeholders which will be implemented step by step. It will bring valuable conceptual experience in terms of involving stakeholders and integrating ec aspects into regional spatial planning and to other sectoral plans.
European Academy of Bolzano
EURAC examines local and regional conditions to measure the spatial and socio-economic impact of human activity. EURAC will lead the WP on conflict resolution as a direct consequence of the GreenAlps and BioREGIO projects, where this topic was highlighted during the stakeholders’ workshops. Past projects in the Alps and in the Carpathians have built the bases for the development of a comprehensive analysis of the conflicts happening in the alpine area aiming at developing a “Coexistence toolkit” promoting the establishment of an alpine ecological network. EURAC as a public equivalent body is in direct contact with public authorities at all levels and is able to develop a consensus decision process.
Julians Prealps Nature Park
The mission or Prealpi Giulie Nature Park is to manage the rich biodiversity of the region and to promote local sustainable development. In 2014 the Alpine Convention designated the Park area, together with neighboring Triglav National Park and its surrounding areas as official Alpine Pilot Region for eco-connectivity. It covers about 100 km2 of mountain area in Friuli VG. The PGNP will work not only inside the protected area together with the six surrounding municipalities represented. This means also involving in analysis and action highway and ski area allowing to test the tools and strategies developed in the project frame. Coming from previous experience such as AS project “GreenAlps” it will bring its knowledge in the field.
The Italian Federation of Parks and Nature Reserves – Europarc Italy
Founded in 1989, joins c. 160 bodies managing national & regional parks and protected areas, being the reference point in a network and representing Parks in relations with State, Regions, local Authorities, and EU,incl. all those in the Italian Alps.
Agricultural Institute of Slovenia
The AIS is a leading Slovene national research institute in the field of agriculture and environment. Main AIS activities are research and professional work as well as consultancy services. It supports farmers, producers, ministries, state and local administration, other research institutions, protected areas, general public, individuals and NGO’s. The activities in the field of sustainable management and protection of natural resources in agro-environments are carried out by the Department of Agricultural Ecology and Natural Resources. AIS can impact on all phases of the relevant policy cycles, especially by analytical and research activities and development/testing of tools/methodologies. Also, it is an experienced partner in EU project.
Slovenia Forest Service
The SFS is a public institution, performing public forestry service in all Slovenian forests. Its mission is preservation and close-to-nature development of Slovenian forests and its ecosystem services as well as nature conservation in forest space. SFS is also responsible for wildlife management (WM) and hunting issues (it elaborates wildlife management plans, monitor large carnivores and other game, determinates measures to improve living conditions of wild animals, etc.), extension, education & popularization of WM and forestry. In the project, SFS will cover forestry and WM (hunting) issues related to EC, analyse & build capacities on EC. SFS is an experienced partner in EU projects in fields of forestry, nature conservation and WM.
Swiss National Park
The Swiss National Park (SNP) has a comprehensive knowledge in ecological connectivity. Started with the Interreg IV project, we have successively enhanced our competences in this field for 10 years. Nowadays we are involved in several local, regional, national and international projects (eg. EUSALP AG 7) and initiatives concerning ec and green infrastructure. Moreover, the geoinformatics team of the SNP is widely accepted for its competences in programming, developing and maintaining web mapping services as well as in spatial analysis tools. The experienced management of the SNP has broad competence in governance structures and procedures as well as in stakeholder processes on local, national and international level.