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International workshop on connectivity methods

More than 80 experts from all over Europe followed the invitation by the ECONNECT project to share and compare their individual experiences of fieldwork and innovative research methods regarding ecological connectivity in Grenoble, France, from the 4th to 6th of October 2009.
More than 80 experts from all over Europe followed the invitation by the ECONNECT project to share and compare their individual experiences of fieldwork and innovative research methods regarding ecological connectivity in Grenoble, France, from the 4th to 6th of October 2009.
The meeting was aimed at identifying the most successful instruments to restore connections between habitats of animals and plants. The discussions also contributed to define a common methodology and line of action for the "ECONNECT - Restoring the web of life" project. The conference, organised by Innsbruck University, Cemagref Grenoble and the Isère General Council, brought together numerous international organisations connected to the Alpine Convention, scientific institutions and local partners.
New solutions have been presented and visited in the frame of a field trip in the Isère department, one of the seven ECONNECT pilot regions. Solutions such as underground paths for amphibians, green bridges and sensors that use the heat or movement of animals to set off flashing lights, have been made in cooperation with the AREA Motorway Company. This partnership is an important sign that it is not just scientists that are interested in ecological corridors but also local stakeholders and politicians. Investing in ecological connectivity isn't just paying attention to the environment but also of making life safer for the animals and avoiding road accidents.
The next international workshop in the frame of ECONNECT will deal with legal instruments to increase ecological networks in the Alpine nations. It will take place in Spring 2010.