WP T1 Alpine wide standardised software for connectivity analysis
Swiss National Park (CH)
Work package WP T1, lead by the PP Swiss National Park, has two objectives:
Firstly, to identify and connect specialists on spatial analysis and ecological connectivity to establish a common technical and scientific approach within the Alps. During the analysis & development process existing assumptions and tools on ecological connectivity will be critically evaluated.
Secondly, to integrate the projects results and findings from all work packages of ALPBIONET2030 into a spatially explicit, web-based platform. Here, all types of users – specialists, wider public, etc. – can analyse the ecological connectivity potential in the Alps as well as identify and visualize conflict, ecosystem services or green infrastructure elements.
WP T2 Alpine Wildlife management strategy
Work package WP T2, managed by the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology (Vienna) FIWI, aims to develop a harmonised approach for wildlife management across the Alps. This is important, because hunting is a major element of wildlife management and can either favour or hamper ecological connectivity. With hunting practices varying significantly among countries, this work package analyses the differences and ecological effects of hunting systems. At the same time, FIWI tries to launch a process of consultation between hunting and related sectors, such as forest management and wildlife crime units. A common concept on wildlife management will be an important component of a future Alps-wide biodiversity conservation and ecological connectivity strategy.
WP T3 Creation of strategic alpine connectivity areas Alp wide Connectivity strategy
ALPARC coordinates work package WP T3 where a standardised Alps-wide planning procedure forecological connectivity shall be created which considers as well transition areas to the wider EUSALP perimeter.
The work package shall analyse and distinguish different spatial categories of areas, so-called Strategic Alpine Connectivity Areas (SACA), offering non-/favourable opportunities for implementing ecological connectivity in the Alps. Here as well, the connection to and integration of areas within the macro-regional perimeter of EUSALP is of great importance. The discussion of strategic Alpine connectivity areas will be organized with different policy and administration levels in order to achieve a broad consensus on the next steps towards a better ecological connectivity in the Alps.
WP T4 Interface and support for Ecological connectivity at a macro-regional scale
Work package WP T4 under the leadership of ALPARC shall ensure a common view on necessary working steps for ecological connectivity between the players in the core area of the Alps and those beyond in the macro-region. This common view mainly refers to connecting the metropolitan areas around the Alps by using elements of the EU’s Green Infrastructure concept and by involving important sectors such as spatial planning, agriculture, forestry, transport, tourism, etc.
The motivation for this approach lies in the fact that the most important barriers for Alpine ecological connectivity are around the Alps, endangering them to become a genetic island of biodiversity. In comparison and opposite to WP T3 which analyses the connectivity potential, the focus of WP T4 is on barriers and how to overcome these.
WP T5 Alpine mediation strategy for human-nature coexistence
The EURAC leads work package WP T5, where all PPs participate, with the objective to develop guidelines and mediation formats at policy and operational levels for human-nature conflicts and how to resolve them. Human-nature conflicts can be based and experienced in very different social contexts – WP T5 will analyse those and test strategies on how to overcome the conflicts, in particular in the pilot working regions of the project (which are Pre AlpiGiulie Nature Park, National Park Kalkalpen, National Park Berchtesgaden, Swiss National Park, Mont Blanc region) and in selected areas according to the different SACA definitions.
WP C Communication
WP Communication is lead by blue! and continues throughout the project. The main aim is a sound communication of project activities and results to the project´s specific (technical) target groups and the wider public, as well. WP Communication supports the internal communication processes and provides a networking and information platform to external target audiences. At policy level, a particular focus will be the active exchange with the Action Groups of the EUSALP. Moreover, strategic communication will be organized to EU wide stakeholder groups relevant for the project topics.
By publishing several scientific articles the project outcomes will be discussed both at expert level and by stakeholders. Local and regional press work is foreseen in order to inform the wider public on the project activities. Eventually, three common project events and a final publication will inform about the project and its results.