Action Group 7

To develop ecological connectivity in the whole EUSALP territory


Action Group 7 focuses on developing ecological connectivity and thus to strengthen, improve and restore biodiversity, as well as ecosystem services. Its implementation will increase the degree of connection between natural and semi-natural landscapes in the entire EUSALP territory.

With its broad representation of members from Alpine countries and regions as well as advisors with different institutional and sectoral backgrounds, AG 7 builds on a dialogue including stakeholders from all relevant sectors. It aims at setting up a comprehensive macro-regional scheme by applying the EU Strategy for Green Infrastructure (GI) to regional scales and making the Alps an outstanding candidate for GI in Europe.

The AG 7 provides the framework for developing a strategically planned network of natural and semi-natural areas, including features in rural and urban areas which together – functionally interconnected – ensure diverse advantages for nature, as well as social benefits and economic prosperity for humans.

3rd Thematic Policy Area
"Environment and Energy"

Specific Objectives

  • To identify Alpine GI elements of transnational relevance, improve governance approaches and explore funding opportunities.
  • To promote the various benefits of GI as complementary solutions to Grey Infrastructure and bring GI onto the political agenda of the Alpine Region.
  • To trigger tangible implementation initiatives and liaise with implementation partners from all relevant sectors to make GI visible and close gaps in the trans-European “matrix for life”.
  • To allow the benefits of ecological connectivity to emerge at ecosystem and societal dimensions, enhancing resilience to threats such as climate change. 
  • To develop solutions to halt biodiversity loss and address challenges such as missing connections between natural areas and homogeneous and impoverished lowlands.
Michaela Künzl
Role: Leader
Representative of Bavaria
Tina Trampuš
Role: Leader
Angelika Abderhalden
Blanka Bartol
Christian Baumgartner
CIPRA International
Raimund Becher
Representative of Bavaria
Katalin Czippán
IUCN Commission on Communication and Education
Serena D'Ambrogi
Tjaša Djokić
Hermina Golob
Alessandro Gretter
Representative of Trento (Autonomous Province)
Ruedi Haller
Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst
Brigitte Koehler-Neumann
Representative of Baden-Württemberg
Andrea Mugerle
Alessandra Norcini
Representative of Lombardy Region
Gioele Passoni
IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management
Caroline Pecher
EURAC research - European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (AlpES project LP)
Luisa Pedrazzini
Representative of Lombardy Region
Sylvia Pintarits
City of Munich, Alpine Metropoles
Guido Plassmann
ALPARC – Alpine Network of Protected Areas
Alfred Ringler
Club Arc Alpin
Annapaola Rizzoli
Representative of Trento (Autonomous Province)
Thomas Scheurer
ISCAR – International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps
Brigitte Seltenhammer
Primož Skrt
Alpine Space Programme
Antonella Trisorio


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Results from the workshop "Going local - green infrastructure meets climate change adaptation"

Workshop: Going local – “Green infrastructure” meets “climate adaptation strategies”

15 Dec 2017


6th Action Group 9 meeting

St. Gallen
24/10/2018 - 09:00 to 18:00
Event type: Internal meeting

On 24th of October 2018, Action Group 9 will hold its 6th meeting in St. Gallen.