Alpine Nature 2030

Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety considers the creation of an ecological network in Europe to be crucial for achieving a global network of protected areas as envisaged in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In this context, the spatial connectivity of protected areas and transboundary protected areas plays an important role in the implementation of the Alpine Convention. Article 12 of the Nature Protection and Landscape Conservation Protocol of the Alpine Convention envisages the creation of an ecological network.

The Alps are still home to a wealth of different habitats and species, and we want to keep it that way. Thus, together with France, the Federal Environment Ministry has been supporting the creation of an ecological network under the Alpine Convention since 2003. The Alpine Network of Protected Areas (ALPARC) is a key partner in this. For many years, this international organisation has been coordinating and monitoring over 1000 Alpine Protected Areas across all the Alpine countries and supporting them in international projects.

The Ministry has provided support for the project based work of ALPARC, the Platform Ecological Network of the Alpine Convention, relevant EU (European Union) projects under the Alpine Space Programme and the development of expert tools and methods for connectivity by means of research projects from the Federal Environment Ministry's departmental research plan. The result of these activities was the establishment of comprehensive, technical, political and strategic principles for implementing the Nature Protection and Landscape Conservation Protocol and, in particular, for creating the Ecological Network as envisaged in Article 12 of the Protocol. These principles can be applied beyond the Alpine region, for instance, in other mountainous regions such as the Carpathians. This publication highlights the results of this long-term and successful cooperation and its contribution to biodiversity conservation in Europe.

Last update: September 2016