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New alpMedia dossier - "Ecological Networks"

On 7 and 8 November 2005 representatives of the eight member states of the Alpine Convention attended a seminar on the creation of an ecological network of protected areas to debate the possibilities for establishing an ecological network spanning the Alps. The alpMedia dossier entitled "Ecological Networks" drawn up on that occasion provides an overview of the instruments that play an important role in the establishment of ecological networks at the global, pan-European, European and national levels.
The contributions submitted by experts were compiled into a background report and complemented by news items, links and information on related publications and events.
Ecological networks are of great importance for the Alps since the landscape in all its diversity is often highly fragmented, with key ecological areas scattered about the landscape like unconnected mosaic stones. The 800 large protected areas (over 100 hectares) recorded by the Alpine Network of Protected Areas provide a suitable retreat for a large number of alpine animal species and plant varieties, yet they cannot guarantee the preservation of alpine biodiversity. Creating an ecological network that spans the Alps, with corridors to link existing protected areas, is therefore of great significance.
The background report looks at the Johannesburg Action Plan, the Alpine Convention, the Flora-Fauna-Habitat Directive and many other (also national) initiatives and their role as important instruments for the ecological networking of the Alps. The closing chapter features a number of project examples illustrating how the network might be implemented in practice.
The dossier was created thanks on the one hand to the Alpine Network of Protected Areas and CIPRA, the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps, and, on the other, to the support of the German Environment Ministry, which funded the translation into German, French, Italian, Slovenian and English.
Dossier: www.cipra.org/en/alpmedia/dossiers/13 (de/fr/it/sl/en)