EU eco-corridors: a mountain to climb

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Tue 13, October 2020
14:30 - 16:00 CET
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EU eco-corridors: a mountain to climb

Main aim of the workshop:    

As part of Interreg’s 30th anniversary, the workshop showcases examples of projects under different Interreg programmes with an impact on Europe's natural environment, with a focus on transnational ecological corridors in the Alpine, Carpathian and Adriatic-Ionian regions. The workshop highlights common objectives across mountain areas in Europe, gives answers to needs and challenges that cannot be tackled within national borders, and explains the benefits for EU programmes and policy implementation.


Importance of the topic:          

Ecosystems and their related ecological corridors transcend national and regional borders. The efforts to protect, maintain and sustainably manage these natural resources cannot be achieved by one sector or by one country alone, but require transnational and multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination, which is mainly processed by spatial planning and land use and strategic planning in the EU countries. The process of protecting ecological corridors thus provides access to the implementation of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives, the Green Deal 2020, the Biodiversity Strategy, the SDG Agenda and even the Key Actions for Large Carnivore Populations in Europe through ecological corridors under the TEN-G system.


Detailed description:

The workshop aims to raise awareness of the importance of transnational ecological corridors in terms of biodiversity loss in Europe. Three European mountain areas are presented, and the transferability of best practices and their contributions to the implementation of EU policy and programmes are discussed. The workshop fits the selected topic Green Europe and adds to the discussions regarding the European Green Deal and related SDGs.



  • Welcome speeches
  • Presentations of the mountain areas' projects
    • Alpine Convention projects: AlpBionet/Centralparks,
    • Carpathian Convention projects: TRANSGREEN - ConnectGREEN - SaveGreen, 
    • Dinaric Arc projects: BioREGIO & DinalpConnect
  • Panel discussion: Moderated discussion on the future of EU Green Deal implementation & the expected acceptance of the new green EU policy by the regions, project contribution and role in achieving EU environmental ambitions
  • Q & A session
  • Closing of event
Filippo Favilli, Senior researcher, EURAC Research, Italy.
Hildegard Meyer, Project manager, WWF Central and Eastern Europe, Austria.
Péter Olajos, President, CEEweb for Biodiversity, Hungary.
Julia Stauder, Researcher, Eurac Research, Italy.
Elisabeth Sötz, Alpine Policy Coordinator & Project Manager, INNsieme, Austria.
Michal Wiezik, Member of the European Parliament, European Parliament, Slovakia.
Isidoro De Bortoli, Researcher and project manager, Eurac Research, Italy.
Harald Egerer, Head Vienna Office, Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention, Austria.
Krisztina Filepné Dr. Kovács, Moderator, Szent István University, Hungary.
László Kollányi, Moderator, Szent István University, Hungary.
Irene Lucius, Conservation Director, WWF Central and Eastern Europe, Austria.
Zuzana Okanikova, Moderator, SNC SR, Slovakia.
Cristian Remus Papp, Moderator, WWF Romania, Romania.
Alenka Smerkoj, Pannelist, Alpine Convention, Italy.
Alenka Smerkolj, Secretary General of the Alpine Convention, Alpine Convention, Austria.
István Valánszki, Moderator, Szent István University, Hungary.
Cohesion and Cooperation
CEEweb for Biodiversity, Eurac Research, Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention, WWF Central and Eastern Europe
English (EN)


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