126 Alpine Nature 2030 Creating ecological connectivity for generations to come This chapter looks at implementing an ecological continuum on the ground Yann Kohler discusses methodological approaches and indicators employed during the past decades in establishing ecological connectivity Complementing this Alessan dro Paletto discusses participatory processes and social impact assessments that necessarily constitute the basis for any successful cooperative process Based on sev eral decades of experience Andy Goetz and Wolfgang Pfeffer korn take a very dis tinct approach to describe the importance and practical implications of participa tory approaches in the Alps JECAMI has established itself as a core tool in planning and evaluating connectivity in the Alpine arch In two contributions Ruedi Haller who developed and is constantly upgrading this singular tool provides a clear over view of its functions and delineates its use in determining connectivity hotspots Thomas Scheurer and Chris Walzer report on their endeavour to determine the most important scientific questions related to the Alpine ecological network Valorising connectivity using an Alpine adapted ecosystem services approach is the theme of Richard Hastik s contribution In a second contribution Yann Kohler explains the Pilot Region concept and the role these defined regions have as stepping stones and testing areas when establishing connectivity measures 4 Connectivity contributes to continuity Introduction

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