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The otter returns to the Alps
 Otters continue to astonish the scientific community. For decades, the otter was on the brink of extinction but the population is now growing rapidly without any human assistance. Sightings of the mammals, which are part of the weasel family (Mustelidae), are becoming more common throughout the Alps, particularly in Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The species was seriously endangered in the 19th century, when otters were hunted down both for their fur and because they were believed to be rapacious predators of fish. A ban on hunting otters failed to halt the population's decline, which was primarily caused by damage…
"Change is the only constant"
That is the opening line of the pocket-sized brochure produced for the new educational trail through the glacier foreland in the Lötschental (Switzerland), but applies equally to the recently opened Wilde John educational walking trail in the Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria. Both trails are designed to educate visitors about changes in the landscape, both naturally occurring and those caused by human activity, with the information being conveyed in very different ways and targeting different age groups. The "Wilde John " path is aimed at young visitors; it teaches through a tale the history of the ‘Johnsbach’. In this…
International exchange meeting on “ecological connectivity” between the Alps and the Carpathians in Mikulov (CZ)
 From 20th to 23rd September 2010 an international exchange meeting between experts on ecological connectivity from the Alps and the Carpathians was held in Mikulov (CZ). This meeting was organised in the frame of the Memorandum of Cooperation signed in 2008 between the Convention on biological diversity (CBD), the Alpine…
Those Responsible for Education about the Environment Motivated for Transalpine Cooperation
“The first time I took part in exchanges with the REEMA was at the workshop organised in Zernez during the Alparc meeting. I saw men and women responsible for education on the environment in the protected areas of the Alpine massif. They were gathered around a table and on that…
Using "The Wall" to raise awareness of landscape fragmentation
 The Ecological Continuum Initiative has developed a very unusual communication tool: a large wall that can easily be set up in a public space or a pedestrian zone to restrict access. The barrier illustrates the difficulties that roads and conurbations create for wildlife by cutting off their migratory routes. The…
Thursday, 21 October 2010

"The Wall": Less barriers, more life!

Stop – no way through! A giant wall blocks the way of pedestrians in Zurich/CH, Vienna/A, Munich/D, Ljubljana/SI, Milan/I and Lyon/F. For animals, it’s the same every day: streets and settlements increasingly fragment their migration routes. Against the background of the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of…
Approaches, tools and activities for implementing a pan-Alpine ecological network
   A new report “Implementing a Pan-Alpine Ecological Network - A Compilation of Major Approaches, Tools and Activities” on the alpine activities on ecological connectivity over the past years has been published in the series “BfN Skripten” of the German Federal Agency of Nature Protection. During the last few years various documents, publications and reports which reflect approaches, tools and activities that support the implementation of an ecological network across the Alps have been published. Some of this information had not been made available for a wide public until now. Others exist only as comprehensive independent publications. Therefore these activities…
ECONNECT and its new tool JECAMI
  The second international meeting of the pilot regions which proceeded in Dobbiaco/Toblach on April 22, 2010 bore its fruits. Indeed, the pilot regions adopted a common tool, entitled JECAMI (Joint Ecological Continuum Analysing and Mapping Initiative-Web services). This instrument is proposed by the Swiss National Park in collaboration with…
Implement measures to improve ecological connectivity – hints for local actors!
 The Ecological Continuum Initiative has published a new series of fact sheets for local stakeholders in German, French and Italian language that are now available online. The fact sheets are not only informative brochures; their main objective is to put the ideas into action. This is why their target group…
Sunday, 25 April 2010

Naturpark Nagelfluhkette

Naturpark Nagelfluhkette
 Established in 2008, the Nagelfluhkette Nature Park brings together communities in the southern Allgäu and the Vorderer Bregenzerwald. It is the first nature park to span the border between Germany and Austria. The communities contained in the protected area are all located in the renowned Nagelfluhkette range. The massif is…