14 2 5 3 Alpine Nature 2030 Creating ecological connectivity for generations to come 122 Since 2007 this Initiative has offered an open forum for developing joint strategies and actions concerning ecological connectivtiy primarily in the Alpine area and beyond The Continuum Initiative aims to create a common Alps wide framework for transboundary and trans sectoral cooperation in order to raise awareness for eco logical connectivity and to protect or restore eco logical networks linking ora and fauna habitats and protected areas The Initiative focuses on three targets 1 Initiating promoting and mentoring activi ties The Initiative s work and commitment have led to the establishment of the Ecological Network Platform of the Alpine Convention and the initiation of the EU Alpine Space project ECONNECT Since 2010 the Contin uum Initiative has gathered a large number of experts in a think tank 2 Providing know how The initiative provides a website with a catalogue of measures for improving ecological connectivity and a data base of publications research projects and ex perts from research and practice www alpine ecological network org 3 Awareness building The Initiative organises communication campaigns addressing differ ent target audiences via a series of ten factsheets on the integration of connectivity into land use practices such as the lm For hermits and re salamanders 7 in order to raise awareness for connectivity among municipalities and the campaign The Wall placed in pedestrian areas of large cities as Milan Zurich or Munich The Ecological Continuum Initiative has been pro moted by the Alpine Network of Protected Areas ALPARC the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps CIPRA the WWF Alpine Programme and the International Scienti c Com mittee for Alpine Research ISCAR These organisa tions have been collaborating on this issue since 2002 and their work has been partly funded by the Swiss MAVA Foundation for Nature The Ecological Continuum Initiative Catalysing and multiplying connectivity in the Alpine area Box 5

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