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Documentation on ECONNECT results now available

Nov 30, 2011 / CIPRA Internationale Alpenschutzkommission
The ECONNECT partners have now compiled their results in a series of publications. There are dedicated reports for ECONNECT's key target groups: all different kinds of stakeholders (final booklet), experts (synopsis, species reports, reports on legal barriers), policy makers (policy recommendations) and practitioners (implementation recommendations).
Econnect Final Booklet
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The final booklet presents ECONNECT's key finding in an easily understandable way. © econnect
All final documents of ECONNECT can be downloaded from

Final booklet: WEBS OF LIFE - biodiversity needs ecological connectivity. Results from the ECONNECT project
On 68 pages the final booklet presents all ECONNECT findings and results in an easily comprehensible way which is suitable for a wide range of actors. The booklet describes among others the project's major achievements, its results on the connectivity status and needs of six key species such as lynx or grouse as well as examples on the experiences of the seven pilot regions and the actions they carried out in order to improve connectivity on the ground. The booklet is available in English, German, French, Italian and Slovenian. For a free printed copy please email to Riccardo Nigro: [email protected].

Synopsis: Towards ecological connectivity in the Alps. The ECONNECT Project Synopsis
The synopsis gives an insight into ECONNECT's work and findings from a more scientific point of view. It presents for example the project's results on different kinds of barriers: in the legal framework, in society, related to data and in the field. The innovative connectivity mapping and analysis tool JECAMI is explained with its different parts on continuum suitability, on species, on priority areas and on riverine landscapes. The synopsis closes with an outlook on future challenges.
The synopsis will soon be available in English. For a free printed copy please email to Leopold Füreder: [email protected].

Implementation Recommendations
In order to be able to respond to threats such as pollution, invasive species or unsustainable use an active management of protected areas and the active implementation of connectivity measures are needed. During the ECONNECT project, seven Pilot regions under the leadership of protected area administrations applied a common methodology to determine and realize different concrete measures and to establish spatial links in order to improve the situation of ecological connectivity in their territory. The experiences and lessons learnt out of this three years' process have been summarized in the 'Implementation Recommendations' which are mainly addressing other protected area administrations or experts working in the field of nature conservation.
The implementation recommendations are available in English and soon also in German, French, Italian and Slovenian. For a free printed copy please email to Leopold Füreder: [email protected].

Policy recommendations
With the policy recommendations the ECONNECT partners intend to inform policy makers and decision makers at all levels, from local to regional to trans-national, about key conclusions of the project. The purpose of the 16 pages report is to stimulate further development of and support for the ecological connectivity concept. The five main issues are valorisation of ecological connectivity, legal framework, spatial planning, protected areas and data management.
The policy recommendations are available in English and soon also in German, French, Italian and Slovenian. For a free printed copy please email to Leopold Füreder: [email protected].

Reports on key species: lynx, wolf, brown bear, red deer, griffon vulture, black grouse
ECONNECT identified the anthropogenic barriers that influence the movements of different indicator species, based on their ecological requirements. The reports on lynx, wolf, brown bear, red deer, griffon vulture and black grouse each show areas of actual and potential distribution and barriers that limit ecological connectivity. The species reports are available in English on the ECONNECT web (downloads, final documents).

Reports on legal barriers
As soon as further financial resources will be available outside the ECONNECT Project, the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, as lead partner of WP6, intends to autonomously issue probably by Spring 2012 a specific publication in English language (if possible also in Italian) regarding all the work carried out within the WP6 to be disseminated to the public both on the web and as a paper publication.