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The ecological Network in the Alps

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Year of publication2009
Author(s)Aurelia Ullrich-Schneider
Co-authorsMateja Pirc, Antonio Righetti, Annalina Wegelin
Place of publicationSchaan
Languagede, en
Publication typeOther
The purpose of the Ecological Network Platform of the Alpine Convention is to create a transnational ecological network. The Platform provides a framework within which the Alpine countries can compare their experiences, work together to develop methodologies and measures, and coordinate their activities. Raising the profile of the ecological network through targeted PR activities is also a priority. In order to promote the creation of this network, we decided to select and support pilot regions which would implement and test measures designed to create geographical links. By designating pilot regions for the Alpine ecological network, we want to recognise the contribution of regions that have worked hard to establish ecological networks within the Alps and to ensure sustainable regional development. For example, the pilot region label can be used to endorse a protected area that has implemented ecological (networking) projects that
extend beyond its own boundaries. The chosen pilot regions will benefit from ecological and socio-economic advantages, which should inspire other regions to make their own contribution to the ecological network.
This report sets out:
- the selection criteria for designating pilot regions for the Alpine ecological network
- the selection and follow-up processes
- the potential benefits of selection