The main results of the project refer to the level of integration of the ecosystem services approach in the policy systems of the Alpine space. Harmonized concepts and planning tools that are based on common and scientific assumptions on Ecological Connectivity can be used by various natural resource managers to constitute the basis for ecosystem services availability. With the involvement of stakeholders from relevant sectors Strategic Alpine Connectivity Areas for Ecological Connectivity and wildlife management strategy can be identified (so-called SACA). Those are needed to establish a safe link between the Alpine nature conservation bodies and EUSALP AG7 to improve Ecological Connectivity and Biodiversity protection in the EUSALP macro-region perimeter.
Please find our results here:
Work Package WP T1 Alpine wide standardised software for connectivity analysis
After connecting specialists on spatial analysis and Ecological Connectivity, new spatial data was identified and the Ecological Connectivity indicators refined, so Ecological Connectivity potential can be defined.
Further, a spatially explicit, web-based platform JECAMI 2.0, was developed. 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.
Try out JECAMI 2.0 yourself here.
JECAMI: Joint Ecological Continuum Analysing and Mapping Initiative
Work Package 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.
Therefore, workshops on forensic and wildlife crimes were hold to build capacity and inform on documenting and combating wildlife crime for national / regional wildlife crime unit. Find reports here:
Furthermore, the project partners are working on mapping and analyzing varying Alpine wildlife management systems and impacts on Ecological Connectivity considering the distribution of wide-ranging game species.
Work Package WP T3 Creation of Strategic Alpine Connectivity Areas, Alp wide Connectivity strategy
Within this Work Package, different spatial categories of areas, so-called Strategic Alpine Connectivity Areas (SACA), were identified to see the offering of non-/favourable opportunities for implementing ecological connectivity in the Alps.
Here as well, large scale Ecological Connectivity corridors were defined through SACA and project regions as transition areas between the Alpine space and EUSALP.
The report of the Tratten in Berchtesgaden, Germany, concerning SACA and large scale Ecological Connectivity corridors, you can find here: tratten-report.pdf
Work Package WP T4 Interface and support for Ecological connectivity at a macro-regional scale
Work package WP T4 is in progress. Results will follow.
Work Package WP T5 Alpine mediation strategy for human-nature coexistence
Work package WP T5 has the objective to develop guidelines and mediation formats at policy and operational levels for human-nature conflicts and how to resolve them.
Therefore, specific project region sites were visited and stakeholders interviewed (list of site visits: Pre AlpiGiulie Nature Park, National Park Kalkalpen, National Park Berchtesgaden, Mont Blanc region).
Within this research, different outputs emerged:
The report on the description of the most urgent human-nature conflicts in project working regions can be found here: report_description-of-human-nature-conflicts_new.pdf
The report on the state of the art of current mitigation and mediation strategies in mountain areas can be found here: report_state-of-art-of-current-mitigation...new.pdf
The minutes on the round table concerning mountainbiking in Berchtesgaden with local stakeholders can be found here: round-table-mountainbiking-in-berchtesgaden
The video on human-nature conflicts, developed by EURAC Research, can be found here.
The poster on youth´s attitude and awareness towards human-wildlife interactions in the Alps can be found here.
Furthermore, on the 26th and 27th of November 2018, EURAC Research will hold a Workshop on HUMAN-NATURE INTERACTIONS AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT IN MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT. More and information and the registration can be found here.
Work Package WP C Communication
Within the Work Package Communication, a communication strategy and a social media concept were developed to ensure a sound communication of project activities and results to the project´s specific (technical) target groups and the wider public, as well.
Flyer and poster were developed to inform on the project and its objectives. You can find them here.
At this moment, our picture quiz is running to bring the topic of Ecological Connectivity closer to wider public. Enjoy it here.
Furthermore, the project partners hold connectivity talks in schools of the different project countries to get information on the current state of knowledge, attitudes and to inform on Ecological Connectivity.