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Distribution and connectivity of Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) in the Alps

ECONNECT researchers found out that 64,5% of the suitable corridors for lynx are unprotected. © Dieter Haugk / PIXELIO

Year of publication2010
Author(s)Johannes Signer
Publisher(s)Umweltbundesamt Österreich
Website: http://www.umweltbundesamt.at/
Place of publicationWien
Purchasehttp://www.econnectproject.eu/cms/sites/default
Page(s)16
Publication typeJournal, booklet
In this report the approaches taken to model the distribution and connectivity of Lynx lynx in the Alps are described. This was undertaken within the project Econnect. The analysis was conducted with the following guidelines in mind:
1. Analysis of species habitat needs in terms of habitat connectivity (e. g. maximum distances, characteristics of corridors/stepping stones).
2. Spatial analysis of current and potential habitats, their lack of connectivity and its reasons (qualitative and quantitative assessment)
3. Characterisation of the barriers by their origin, size, shape and degree of permeability and (economic) assessment of possibilities to diminish them.
According to the analysis of this project, the attention should be drawn to motorways as they are the major barriers for the migration of Lynx populations. Conservation should aim at the connection of core areas that are separated by motorways.