ConnectGREEN Restoring and managing ecological corridors in mountains as the green infrastructure in the Danube basin

The Danube-Carpathian region is one of Europe´s last remaining strongholds for the large carnivore species: gray wolf, Eurasian lynx and brown bear, protected under EU law. Unfortunately, the planned infrastructure developments threaten to cut through the movement corridors of large carnivores and increase the fragmentation of their habitats.


Photo © Thomas Hulik/WWF

Very few spatial planners have the knowledge and experience to ensure that conflicts between development and nature conservation are minimized as they develop new plans. More importantly, legally binding mechanisms taking into consideration the requirements of functioning ecological corridors is poorly implemented, mainly because of the lack of reliable data. These effects require a coherent transnational approach as the large carnivores frequently move across state borders in search of food, mates or other needs.

Thorough ConnectGREEN project, partners from different countries and various fields of activity (spatial planning, research, government, biodiversity conservation) joined forces to increase the capacity of ecological corridors identification and management and to overcome the conflict between infrastructure development and wildlife conservation. Valuable knowledge and experience will be made available to spatial planners and vice versa for finding the best ways to develop infrastructure and other plans in order secure  ecological connectivity in the Carpathians.

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Long term solutions for wildlife movements

The ecological corridors will be identified in more detail by using the new Carpathian-wide methodology in 4 transnationally relevant pilot sites: 1. Piatra Craiului National Park (Romania); 2. Apuseni-SW Carpathians (Romania)/ National Park Djerdap (Serbia); 3. Western Carpathians (Czech Republic - Slovakia) and 4. Bükk National Park (Hungary)/ Cerová vrchovina Protected Landscape Area (Slovakia).




Maintaining or restoring ecological corridors will secure a viable population of large carnivores in the Carpathians and maintain one of the largest biodiversity hotspots and functioning ecosystems on the continent. Moreover, this new joint approach is meant to accelerate the implementation processes and put into practice much-awaited infrastructure developments that faces the risk of being delayed due to non-conformity with safety and environmental standards.

You can support this process by prioritizing biodiversity in the list of environmental criteria, by participating in consultations and by sharing the knowledge.

Restoring and managing ecological corridors in mountains as the green infrastructure in the Danube basin
Start date
01-06-2018
End date
31-05-2021
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2462923,53
ERDF Contribution: 1920592,41
IPA Contribution: 172892,55
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 2
Priority
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors

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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
WWF DCP Romania Lead partner cpapp@wwfdcp.ro ROMANIA
WWF International Danube-Carpathian Programme ERDF partner hmeyer@wwfdcp.org AUSTRIA
Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic ERDF partner martin.strnad@nature.cz CZECH REPUBLIC
Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening ERDF partner romportl@vukoz.cz CZECH REPUBLIC
CEEweb for Biodiversity ERDF partner zolyomi@ceeweb.org HUNGARY
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Project News

  • ConnectGREEN - Safe ecological corridors must urgently be established as wolves are at once both protected and hunted
    - 14-01-2019
    Safe ecological corridors must urgently be established as wolves are at once both protected and hunted

    Wolf hunting season in Slovakia lasts from November 1 until January 15. Hunting wolves is prohibited in NATURA 2000 protected areas, but if the animals cross the boundaries of these zones, the law allows them to be killed. The problem is that...

  • ConnectGREEN - A first introduction to the Carpathian Convention Implementation Committee
    - 09-01-2019
    A first introduction to the Carpathian Convention Implementation Committee

    18-19 December 2018. Vienna, Austria. ConnectGREEN project was introduced to the participants at the 9th meeting of the Carpathian Convention Implementation Committee (CCIC) that took place on 18-19 December just before the holiday...

  • ConnectGREEN - Big expectations for Piatra Craiului National Park as new methodology for ecological corridors identification will be designed for the Carpathian region
    - 21-12-2018
    Big expectations for Piatra Craiului National Park as new methodology for ecological corridors identification will be designed for the Carpathian region

    A more accurate picture of the large carnivores population and the ecological corridors, but also a set of management measures for the eco-corridors in the Piatra Craiului National Park are the main expectations for the park administration as...

  • ConnectGREEN - kicks off: Nature conservation and spatial planning work together for a greener infrastructure in the Carpathian area
    - 26-11-2018
    kicks off: Nature conservation and spatial planning  work together for a greener infrastructure in the Carpathian area

    The official launch of the ConnectGREEN project enjoyed a vivid presence at the kick-off event hosted by WWF Romania in Bucharest, 20’th of November. Around 80 key stakeholders at international level and project partners from the...

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