Within the framework of the Alpine Convention the German Ministry of environment (BMUB) has been providing support, together with France, towards the creation of ecological connectivity in the Alps since 2003. This is a central goal of the Nature Protection and Landscape Conservation Protocol of the Alpine Convention. The Ministry has supported project work of the Alpine Network of Protected Areas - ALPARC, the platform Ecological Connectivity, relevant EU projects in the Alpine Space, and the development of expert tools and methods within the Ministry´s research agenda. ALPARC has been an important partner in all these activities.
As a result of all these activities, extensive technical, political and strategic foundations have been developed for the implementation of the Nature Conservation and Landscape Management Protocol, in particular for the realization of ecological networks in accordance with Article 12 of this Protocol. These results are also transferred to other mountain regions (eg Carpathian Mountains) beyond the Alpine area. The ecological network in the Alps makes a significant contribution to the global network of protected areas of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
During the past year Chris and PK worked together with Guido Plassmann and Yann Kohler from ALPARC, Marianne Badura from BLUE! and numerous invited authors to produce the book Alpine Nature 2030 Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come. The book was presented at the Alpine Convention conference in September 2016. On request the book is also available in printed form at no charge (10.000 copies were printed!)