In line with recent developments in the European policy framework, the PlanToConnect project is developing an “Alpine Planning Strategy for Ecological Connectivity” that promotes multifunctional Green and Blue Infrastructure networks (GBI) and Nature-based Solutions (NBS) as a reference for the conservation and restoration of ecological connectivity in the Alps. The AlpPlan/PlanToConnect Expert Platform on Green Infrastructure, Ecological Connectivity and Spatial Planning is the central interface for including external expertise in the PlanToConnect project on a transnational level. It was officially launched at an online meeting on 2 October 2023 with around 20 project partners, observers and experts from the AlpPlan network.
The Expert Platform also serves to disseminate the results and recommendations arising from the project work. The close cooperation between the ARL European Working Group AlpPlan (alpine spatial planning network ) and the PlanToConnect project supports long-term cooperation objectives on spatial planning and sustainable development in the Alpine region. The Expert Platform aims at a long-term transnational cooperation to implement the results of the PlanToConnect project (mainly the Alpine Planning Strategy) beyond the initial project lifetime and to ensure a long-term integration of Ecological Connectivity and Green Infrastructure concerns in Alpine spatial planning.
The first event will be a hybrid workshop on 27 & 28 November 2023 in Ljubljana (on-site and online participation possible) on “ecological connectivity & spatial planning: From concepts to implementation”.