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Think Tank workshops on stakeholder integration & follow-up projects and new projects implementing ecological networks beyond ECONNECT: Reports

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Year of publication2011
Author(s)Beat Schlüchter, ISCAR
Publisher(s)ALPARC Netzwerk Alpiner Schutzgebiete
Secrétariat permanent de la Convention alpine: Task Force Espaces Protégés
Place of publicationBerne
Publication typeJournal, booklet
Since December 2009, the Continuum Initiative is gathering all experts active in scientific, administrative or practical projects on Alpine ecological connectivity in a so-called “Think Tank on ecological networks in/to the Alps”. The aim of this think tank is to bring together competences from science and practice for developing long termed visions and projects beyond ECONNECT. At the moment, approximately 190 experts from science, administration and practice are inscribed and published on the web.
The Think Tank workshop from April 23 in Toblach/Dobbiaco was the first of three meetings that are foreseen in 2010. The other two meetings are:
• A second Workshop on 17 November 2010 in Bolzano (I). It will focus on follow up projects, new projects and visions beyond ECONNECT.
• An initiative started by Chris Walzer (ECONNECT) and partners that will focus on
main research questions concerning ecological connectivity in/to the Alps. At a workshop in December 2010, a selected number of experts from relevant institutions will identify “55 questions of importance” to maintain and restore ecological connectivity in the Alps.
This first workshop was held just after the ECONNECT pilot areas meeting on April 22 at the same place. The invitation was addressed to all experts of the “Think Tank on ecological networks in/to the Alps”, especially to all ECONNECT pilot regions.
The workshop aimed at bringing together and valorising a broad range of experiences from ECONNECT pilot areas and other regional organisations concerning stakeholder integration into connectivity projects.
It should help the ECONNECT pilot regions in getting new ideas and finding solutions to overcome difficulties they are facing with regard to stakeholder integration. Based on these experiences some conclusions aimed at measures for improving cooperation with and among stakeholders in existing and future connectivity projects.