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Green light for deer and lynx in the Alpine-Carpathian Corridor

The new Alpine-Carpathian Corridor project intends to contribute to the re-establishment of the traditional trekking routes of deer, lynx and other wild animals in the region of Vienna/A - Bratislava/SK - Sopron/H.

The new Alpine-Carpathian Corridor project intends to contribute to the re-establishment of the traditional trekking routes of deer, lynx and other wild animals in the region of Vienna/A - Bratislava/SK - Sopron/H. © S. Hölscher

In future, wild animals will be able to move more easily between the Alps and the adjoining Carpathian Mountains. That is the objective of the recently initiated cross-border project Alpine-Carpathian Corridor. The EU is providing approximately 2 million Euros for it.
Taking into account issues related to nature conservancy, spatial planning, traffic, agriculture, forestry, hunting and tourism, and heavily involving the municipalities concerned, it will define concrete measures to safeguard interconnections among biotopes and realize these in the form of pilot projects. Overpasses with greenery will for example help deer and other animals safely to cross motorways and other large infrastructural works on their treks.
Under the overall responsibility of the Austrian Land Lower Austria , eleven project partners from Austrian and Slovakia in the areas of administration, research, nature conservancy and infrastructure cooperate in the project, which will run until the summer of 2012. It makes an important contribution to the objectives oft he Alpine, Carpathian and Biodiversity Conventions.
Sources and information: www.alpenkarpatenkorridor.at (de), www.wwf.at/de/akk (de).