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Stage is set for hermits and fire salamanders

Feb 15, 2013 / alpMedia
What can be done to preserve the diversity of plant and animal species in the Alps? CIPRA provides some answers in the short film "For hermits and fire salamanders - How municipalities connect habitats in the Alps".
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Threatened with extinction: the hermit. In the film, the chairman of the Swiss municipality of Ramosch explains why trees are being chopped down to protect this species of butterfly. (c) Michael Kettner
The Alps are home to some 43,000 plant and animal species. This diversity can only continue if habitats are preserved and remain connected to one another. This is because animals need to be able to move around in order to eat, rest and breed. For example, deer find little cover on open fields and are unable to cross them, with inbreeding as one of the consequences.
There are many ways, large and small, in which politicians and administrators can build bridges for nature. CIPRA shows how in the recently released short film "For hermits and fire salamanders", in which municipal representatives from South Tyrol, the Engadin and the Isère département tell the audience what nature and people can gain from connected habitats.
The 15-minute film can be seen at:,
Filed under: ecology