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Evaluation of approaches for designing and implementing ecological networks in the Alps

Continuum Project
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Continuum Project
Year of publication2009
Author(s)Thomas Scheurer
Co-authorsLisa Bose & Irene Künzle (Swiss Biodiversity Forum)
Publication typeOther
In order to provide a methodological support for all connectivity activities in the Alps, the Ecological Continuum Initiative evaluated existing approaches / methods developed for designing and implementing ecological networks. A small group of scientists and practitioners has evaluated the applied methodologies and results from four approaches: from the joint project of the partners that started in 2002 (based mainly on species), from the project of ALPARC (based mainly on land use and habitats), from the Swiss national ecological network REN and from the Pan European Ecological Network (PEEN). This evaluation helped to find the most efficient application of these methods (but not the development of a new methodological approach) and the reliability of available results. The results of the methodological evaluation have been published in an "Assessment Report".
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