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Dear colleagues,

One of the main challenges in the process of implementing the Alpine ecological network is involving all the relevant stakeholders. The Ecological Continuum Initiative supports this goal in different ways. On the one hand with printed information material (fact sheets and the brochure), on the other hand by organizing meetings that offer a chance for personal interactions and exchange among stakeholders. Such a workshop on stakeholder integration took place in Dobbiaco/I this April.
However, finding a common language for a wide range of stakeholders is not always an easy task. People from tourism communicate and think in a different way than those from agriculture, spatial planning or landowners. Apart from that, the situation within the same sector often differs among the Alpine countries. For example the hunters in Italy have another mentality and attitude to hunting than those in Germany. The Ecological Continuum Initiative tries to overcome these differences in the best possible way, e.g. by presenting the good practice examples on the fact sheets for different sectors from different alpine countries. Of course this is not a sufficient way to address all the manifold stakeholders in every single Alpine country, but it is an effort to make the most out of the available resources. Therefore a personal exchange for stakeholders from the pilot regions is once more of great relevance. The Continuum Initiative made this possible at the workshop in Dobbiaco, where the representatives of the pilot regions came together and discussed the means of stakeholder integration.
As the activities on the Alpine wide scale have to be continued, the Continuum Initiative invites all interested stakeholders to join us at the workshop on 17 November in Bolzano/I in the frame of the think tank. We will formulate and concretise suggestions for future activities on establishing an Alpine ecological network.
Andreas Götz, CIPRA International