News release Nationalpark Kalkalpen

Dr. Mayrhofer: Ecological Network as the core theme for another INTERREG
VB project in the Alps - the National Park Kalkalpen is continuing the successful transnational cooperation with other alpine protected areas over the next 3 years.

Various research facilities, regional authorities, interest groups and administrations for protected areas met in Windischgarsten / AT from March 22nd to 23rd, 2017 under the guidance of the ALPARC Alpine Protection Area network. It is the second meeting of all project partners in the framework of the INTERREG VB project ALPBIONET2030, recently approved by the EU Alpine Space Program. As part of the project, 15 partners from 6 Alpine countries are working together - the project budget amounts to EUR 2.64 million - the Kalkalpen National Park has a stake of EUR 150,000.

An ecologically rich landscape with many connecting elements and structures within the Alps as well as around the Alps - this is the goal of the project ALPBIONET2030. It is supported by the Transnational Alpine Program (INTEREG B) and thus follows previous initiatives such as ECONNECT, which from 2008-2011 already laid the cornerstone for the ecological network in the region around the Kalkalpen National Park.

Ecological Network is a key element for a successful nature protection policy, which must be implemented in all Alpine countries and regions in order to achieve an alpine network as well as a large-scale connection to surrounding mountainous areas and landscapes in times of climate change. The hiking routes of large prey-gatherers also go beyond the Alps and can only be secured with a transnational strategy and cooperation and communication to the people. ALPBIONET2030 places special emphasis on precisely this intermediary role between important stakeholders such as hunting, forestry and agriculture: an alp transcending strategy for wildlife management is an important part of the project.

Many politicians in the Alps emphasize again and again: "The Alps are a unique living, nature and recreation area with important ecological function. We need to protect the ecosystem of the Alps for future generations. "In order to achieve this goal, the project partners are in an active dialogue with the political community, with the population, with the economy, with numerous interest groups and the new Alpine Space Strategy EUSALP.

The total cost of the project is around 2.65 million euro, with the EU subsidizing 85% of the total costs. The remaining funds come from the individual Alpine countries in the form of various public or private co-financing. Project duration: 01.11.2016 to 31.10.2019.