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Improving Ecological Connectivity in the Alps
"ECONNECT aims at the enhancement of ecological connectivity in the Alpine Space. Protection of biodiversity and natural heritage – a central necessity to cope with the challenges of climate change – requires an integrated approach which beyond protected areas considers high biodiversity areas and corridors as linking elements of an Alpine ecological network. International umbrella organisations linked to the Alpine Convention, scientific institutions and local implementation partners have joined forces to demonstrate needs and options for action and develop innovative instruments for ecological connectivity. Pilot applications involving different stakeholders result in long-term implementation. To overcome legal and administrative constraints policy recommendations are presented ensuring effective cross-border cooperation and procedural harmonisation. Knowledge transfer and dissemination are guaranteed by the widely ramified structure of partners and the strategic use of networks."
Source: Econnect project summary
Results of a project can be differentiated in outputs, outcomes and impacts of an intervention. Source:OECD Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and Results Based Management.
Results which are directly or indirectly suitable or applicable for practitioners / politicians and civil servants / administration:
Which of the project results are usable for which aspect of SSD and which are the most relevant for practitioners / politicians and civil servants / administration?
Are there results which need further steps to be useful for practitioners / politicians and civil servants / administration?
Which kinds of stakeholders have been involved, how have their competences been used in the project and are there options for a better implementation?
Are the results (tool, method, indicator, recommendation) directly or indirectly addressing the strategic objectives for the Alpine Space?
What could be long-term outcomes of this project? If none, why low impact? Why high impact? What is needed to achieve outcomes in the long-run?
Unlike project outputs, outcomes and results cannot be described in a standardised way. Therefore, they are listed as free text:
The documents on different animal species could be done for other species.
Achievements that could be further implemented
The evaluation of priority areas can be based on the indicators of the JECAMI tool (Continuum-Suitability-Index – CSI) (Affolter et al. 2011). These indicators provide valuable statements on the interface between regional and the Alps wide level of conservation and connectivity objectives. (p.12 implementation recommendations)
The results derived from this analysis process will serve as a basis for future spatial planning processes so that the spaces not yet fragmented and essential for species movements can be preserved (p.26, final booklet)
Establishment of a common management system for geographic data (p.63, final booklet)
"there is a limited knowledge on the complex theme of ecological connectivity among the administrations, stakeholders and the population;" (p.57, final booklet)
"the administrations of protected areas within the Pilot Regions need to be equipped with adequate financial and personal resources to pursue their complex tasks and functions"(p.57 final booklet)
"landowners and stakeholders are strongly concerned about the establishment of additional protected areas resulting in limitations in land use or even heteronomy;" (p.57, final booklet) this statement continues to be valid although the project has raised the landowners awarenes.