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
Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation
Angelika Abderhalden
Blanka Bartol
Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning
Christian Baumgartner
CIPRA International
Raimund Becher
Representative of Bavaria - State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry
Thomas Boehm
Representative of Burgenland
Regional Management Burgenland
Katalin Czippán
IUCN Commission on Communication and Education
Serena D'Ambrogi
Italian Ministry for Environment
Tjaša Djokić
Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation
Alessandro Gretter
Representative of Trento (Autonomous Province)
Ruedi Haller
Swiss National Park
Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst
Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
Brigitte Koehler-Neumann
Representative of Baden-Württemberg
Harald Ladich
Representative of Burgenland
Regional Management Burgenland
Andrea Mugerle
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food
Alessandra Norcini
Representative of Lombardy Region
Gioele Passoni
IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management
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
Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
Antonella Trisorio
Italian Ministry of Agriculture


Hermina Golob
Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU
Julie Raynal
DG Environment
Primož Skrt
Alpine Space Programme



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Results from the Workshop »Networking for Ecological Connectivity and Green Infrastructure«, September 2017


Workshop »Networking for Ecological Connectivity and Green Infrastructure«, Sept 19, 2017, Koper

Detailed report and presentations are...

06 Apr 2018

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

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

15 Dec 2017


Cooperation in Natural Hazard Management

Congress Centre Alpbach, Hausnummer 246, Austria
18/08/2018 - 18:00
Event type:

The Tyrolean Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region and EUSALP Action Group 8 will organize in the framework of the Tyrol Days of the European Forum Alpbach the EUSALP expert event: "Cooperation in Natural Hazard Management".

2nd Forum on Dual Education in the Alpine Region

09/11/2018 - 09:30
Event type: 1st Thematic Policy Area meeting

The second forum on dual training will take place in collaboration with the Ausbilderforum of Innsbruck in Telfs  (Tyrol) at the company Thoeni Holding Gmbh.

This year's theme will be: "Shaping dual education together: empowering enterprises to educate". 

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