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The cameras are rolling for hermits and fire salamanders

May 27, 2013 / CIPRA Internationale Alpenschutzkommission
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". The film can be seen online and at different locations 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
There are many ways, large and small, in which politicians and administrators can build bridges for nature. CIPRA shows how in the recently released 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.
CIPRA is showing the 16-minute film over the coming months at various events, including at the locations where the film was made. In addition, it is available in English, French, German, Italian and Slovenian and can be seen at The website also features a two-minute trailer, an accompanying brochure published by ALPARC, and further aids for developing ecological networking, such as a catalogue of possible steps to take, an expert database and an interactive map showing the networking potential of a particular area. The film has been produced in the framework of the Ecological Continuum Initiative with financial support from the Valüna-Stiftung.