Distancing, but staying Connected: ConnectGREEN has managed to make significant steps forward despite Covid-19
A new series of factsheets for each of ConnectGREEN’s 5 pilot areas has been published, all available in English and national languages.
Substantial work has been done on the Map of ecological corridors in the Carpathians and experts worked on the Critical zones for ecological corridors and spatial planning in the pilot areas. Advances were also made on the development of the Guidelines on reducing conflicts in corridor areas, and a draft produced for an e-learning training tool on ecological corridors (link).
2020 has provided multiple occasions that have solidified our motivation to further promote ecological connectivity in the Carpathians, among them a video of a wolf pack in Piatra Craiului National Park, sightings of a 3-legged wolf, who lost a limb to a car collision in Slovakia, and the arrival of new cubs in Slovakia.
Wolves have not been the only animals spotted: in Hungary, several towns observed a brown bear passing through!
In the spring of 2021, we enter the last phase of the ConnectGREEN project. With the Covid-19 pandemic having exploded in the middle of the project's runtime, ConnectGREEN has been prolonged over the summer months to allow for the proper completion of all activities and delivery of outputs. These include the Methodology for Identifying Ecological Corridors, the Transferability Strategy for best practices, and a Youth Video Contest on ecolgical connectivity in the Carpathians.
ConnectGREEN will hold its final conference in Visegrád, Hungary, on 28-30 of September 2021, coinciding with the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas (CNPA) Conference.
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