Ecological connectivity is the basis of Alpine and global habitat and species protection. However, with the fact of different regions having different tools to measure and improve biodiversity, it becomes a main issue to realize an integrative concept for the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity within the Alps, a beautiful and unique European landscape rich in valuable habitats and structures, but endangered by over-exploitation and development. The overall objective is to consolidate and enhance transnational cooperation in the field of nature conservation while providing a harmonized concept of preserving natural habitats and common planning tools to realize a high level of ecological connectivity for biodiversity conservation.
A coherent and complementary Alps-wide system of Strategic Alpine Conservation Areas (SACA), reflecting the valuable and potential areas for ecological connectivity, defined at large scale and implemented at the level of Ecological Connectivity Pilot Regions (in cooperation with the Alpine Convention).
An integrated wildlife management for the Alps and an increased level of defragmentation in sectoral policies (hunting, forestry, agriculture, tourism, spatial development, etc.).
The ALPBIONET2030 project brings together 15 partners of 6 Alpine countries to further develop an Alpine Ecological (Connectivity) network, building on experience and previous actions and programs. A new momentum comes in by the EUSALP, the new EU macro-metropolitan areas. The exchange between relevant Action Groups (in particular 7 & 6), will support a cross-cutting exchange between the Alpine convention and the EUSALP perimeter with their respective key players.
The project will last from November 2016 to October 2019 with an overall budget of approx. 2.7 million Euro, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
Objective 1: Provide standardised cross-cutting institutional procedure for Alps-wide EC coordination and planning across all Alpine states (EUSALP perimeter)
Objective 2: Create a new and enhanced understanding of spatial cooperation for BD and EC among the Alpine countries with SACA and transnational wildlife strategy elaboration
Objective 3: Define priorities and contribute to implementing existing planning criteria for EC between the Alps and the EUSALP space