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

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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

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
Szent Istvan University ERDF partner kollanyi.laszlo@tajk.szie.hu HUNGARY
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Project News

  • ConnectGREEN - Stakeholder Meetings in Piatra Craiului National Park
    - 16-08-2021
    Stakeholder Meetings in Piatra Craiului National Park

    The central aim of the ConnectGREEN project is to contribute to maintaining and improving ecological connectivity between natural habitats, especially between Natura 2000 sites and other protected areas of transnational relevance in the...

  • ConnectGREEN - Stakeholder consultation workshop for ecological connectivity in the Apuseni Mountains and South-Western Carpathians
    - 07-08-2021
    Stakeholder consultation workshop for ecological connectivity in the Apuseni Mountains and South-Western Carpathians

    Colțești, Alba, Romania. July 21st, 2021. 26 key stakeholders from 9 counties covering Romania’s Apuseni Mountains and South-Western Carpathians got together in order to give their feedback on the management measures for preserving the...

  • ConnectGREEN - Young environmental videographers receive their contest prizes
    - 05-07-2021
    Young environmental videographers receive their contest prizes

    On May 19th this year, the ConnectGREEN team declared the winners of the “Connectivity for all!” Youth Video Contest. Award ceremonies have been organised in all three participating countries – Romania, Slovakia and Serbia, and highly encouraging...

  • ConnectGREEN - Press trip to the Cerova vrchovina pilot area
    - 10-06-2021
    Press trip to the Cerova vrchovina pilot area

    The results of the ConnectGREN project aroused great media interest in Slovakia following an online press conference organized by Slovak and Czech project partners on April 30th 2021. A few days late, the project partners therefore organised a...

  • ConnectGREEN - Serbian Workshop on ConnectGREEN research and results
    - 25-05-2021
    Serbian Workshop on ConnectGREEN research and results

    On 14 May 2021, the Serbian ConnectGREEN Project Partner, the Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia (IAUS), held a workshop in which they presented the research performed under ConnectGREEN, as well as the project’s...

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