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The Alpine Ecological Network- a Contribution to the Global Network of Protected Areas

Division KI II 3, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Date and Time
29 May 2008 13:15 - 14:45

Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 9)

The Parties to the Alpine Convention started to set up an ecological network in the Alps approximately 10 years ago. Today this initiative is - together with the issues of climate change and the loss of biodiversity - embedded in a far reaching and overarching context and makes a significant contribution to a global network of protected areas as intended by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The event will highlight the establishment of an ecological network across the Alps as a concrete and successful pilot project for the most important European mountain region. There will be presentations of the measures developed so far, of the cooperation within specific fields of action, of programmes and instruments which will lead to a network of habitats across the Alps. Regional planning, agriculture, forestry, transport and tourism are particularly relevant sectors in this undertaking. The Carpathian Convention which also aims at setting up an ecological network, has received support for the past five years from the network of Alpine protected areas and the Parties to the Alpine Convention for the development of the network of Carpathian protected areas. This initiative also contributes to the global network of protected areas and will be presented in this overarching context. The Alpine Convention, the Carpathian Convention and the Convention on Biological Diversity will sign a Memorandum of Understanding as a basis for their future cooperation at the side event.