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
Region: Bavaria
Tina Trampuš
Role: Leader
Angelika Abderhalden
Blanka Bartol
Christian Baumgartner
CIPRA International
Raimund Becher
Region: Bavaria
Thierry Boisseaux
Alpine Convention, Ecological Network Platform
Katalin Czippán
IUCN Commission on Communication and Education
Serena D'Ambrogi
Tjaša Djokić
Hermina Golob
Alessandro Gretter
Region: Trento (Autonomous Province)
Ruedi Haller
Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst
Brigitte Koehler-Neumann
Region: Baden-Württemberg
Matthias Lampert
City of Munich, Alpine Metropoles
Andrea Mugerle
Alessandra Norcini
Region: Lombardy Region
Gioele Passoni
IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management
Caroline Pecher
EURAC research - European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (AlpES project LP)
Luisa Pedrazzini
Region: Lombardy Region
Sylvia Pintarits
City of Munich, Alpine Metropoles
Guido Plassmann
ALPARC – Alpine Network of Protected Areas
Alfred Ringler
Club Arc Alpin
Annapaola Rizzoli
Region: Trento (Autonomous Province)
Thomas Scheurer
ISCAR – International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps
Brigitte Seltenhammer
Primož Skrt
Alpine Space Programme
Antonella Trisorio


Julie Raynal



Status: Active


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A – Cross-topic initiatives



5th Action Group 9 meeting

21/03/2018 - 09:00 to 18:00
Location Bolzano
Event type: Internal meeting

On 21st of March 2018, Action Group 9 will hold its 5th meeting in Bolzano. The meeting is organized together with the first workshop on the "EUSALP energy observatory".

EUSALP Energy Conference 2018

07/06/2018 - 09:00 to 18:00
Location: Innsbruck
Event type: EUSALP presentation event

On 7th of June 2018 EUSALP Action Group 9 will organize its annual EUSALP Energy Conference. A detailed programme will be published in March 2018.

6th Action Group 9 meeting

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

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