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Northern Limestone Alps: Involving local population

In the three provinces of Upper and Lower Austria and Styria interviews with 170 stakeholders were held. People were asked about their knowledge, experience and ideas concerning the connectivity of habitats and possible barriers by using a questionnaire. These interviews aimed at receiving an overview of opinions on this theme as well as information on planned or ongoing projects dealing with ecological connectivity in the region.
In addition, stakeholders have been interviewed about habitats and species, which is important for connectivity in the pilot region, and whether they are interested to participate in the elaboration of projects.
At the same time, it has been created a database with funding possibilities. It includes all funding resources with might fit to projects dealing with ecological connectivity.
On December, 9th the results of these two activities were presented to approx. 45 participants at the visitor centre Ennstal (National Park Kalkalpen, Upper Austria).
The next steps within ECONNECT include the exchange of information and experience with stakeholder groups as well as the elaboration of objectives, themes and projects in the Pilot region, divided into four working groups:
1. Communication - public relations - regional development - tourism
2. Rivers and riverine habitats
3. Natural forests
4. Meadows and alpine pastures

Further information on ECONNECT Project: www.econnectproject.eu