European Academy Bolzano/Bozen - ERDF PP5


The Institute for Regional Development and Location Management is one of the eleven institutes at the European Academy (EURAC) ofBolzano. EURAC is an innovative research institute, where about 250 researchers are employed. It cooperates closely with different national and international institutions, like the UNEP Regional Office forEurope, the Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (ISCC) or the Italian Ministry of Environment. Since years EURAC is also active in the Carpathians (e.g. Scope of application of the Carpathian Convention, SARD-M report, Atlas on the Carpathian Macro-region) and was partner in the Carpathian Project. Besides, EURAC participated in similar EU research-projects (Alpine Space Program: ECONNECT and ALPNATOUR). Its experience, international network and competent and highly trained staff will facilitate the development and the realization of the project tasks.


Role in BioREGIO Carpathians project

The EURAC Institute for Regional Development and Location Management puts in Work Package 5 “Ecological Connectivity and Continuum in the Carpathians” its focus on determining physical, legal and socioeconomic barriers. It is the objective to give recommendations to restore or sustain ecological corridors to enable dispersal between the large natural areas in the Carpathians.

The methodological approach for the identification of ecological-corridors is adapted from the Alpine Space project Econnect. The derived corridors on which animals spend less energy on dispersal are modelled for each umbrella species (Bear, Wolf, European otter, Western Capercaillie, Lynx, Chamois, European Hare). The results will be accessible on a Web GIS application for the interested community.

Recommendations on the consequences of the detected physical, legal and socioeconomic barriers for ecological networks should bring these aspects to the attention of the intergovernmental platform within the stakeholder meetings to be organized in WP7. That should help to attain political support to set relevant measures for enhancing ecological connectivity.