248 Alpine Nature 2030 Creating ecological connectivity for generations to come Dr Guido Plassmann Guido Plassmann has been studying living and working since 1985 in the Alps Bavarian and French Alps His studies in Alpine geography and management of natural resources economics and history gave him a solid appreciation for complex Alpine nature conservation processes Devel oping coordinating and leading the Alpine Network of Protected Areas ALPARC since 1995 expanded his experience with concrete issues and activities in all Alpine countries For over 20 years he has realised numer ous projects dealing with management of protected areas ecological connectivity sustainable regional development and broad public com munication in the Alps and Carpathians He has also coordinated various international European projects and lead several European territorial cooperation projects within the Alpine space Guido Plassmann is par ticularly interested in transdisciplinary and international approaches to develop solutions for a sustainable way and quality of life in the Alps and more generally in mountainous regions Dr Yann Kohler Yann Kohler has worked for the Alpine Network of Protected Areas ALPARC since 2004 on the topic of biodiversity conservation with a particular specialisation in aspects of ecological connectivity In the con text of various international projects like ECONNECT and greenAlps or Life Belt Alps he has gained an in depth knowledge of local regional national and international approaches to the implementation of ecologi cal networks He has coordinated the activities of the Platform Ecological Network of the Alpine Convention for the German and French Ministries of the Environment for several years and participates as an expert advisor to the EU Working Group Green Infrastructure and to the French expert pool on Green and Blue Infrastructure TVB The concept of ecologi cal connectivity is for him an interesting and promising tool to develop global coherent and multi sectoral territorial projects integrating nature conservation aspects into broader spatial planning processes Prof Dr Chris Walzer Chris Walzer is a veterinarian and university professor for conservation medicine with an internationally recognised expertise in working with wildlife especially wild equids and carnivores gained from combined years of work and research in Europe Asia and Africa He has a very diverse inter national research track record with some 400 scienti c publications to his name Chris Walzer is sought as a consultant in wildlife matters by various organisations such as WWF UNDP World Bank and several other GO s NGOs and universities Over the past decade he has successfully partici pated in numerous ecological connectivity projects such as INTERREG IVB Alpine Space projects ECONNECT recharge green green Alps and the Impact of mining related infrastructure development on Mongolian Wild Ass in the Gobi in Mongolia Chris Walzer is a creative interdisciplinary idea initiator and problem solver a critical and strategic conservationist dedicated to mainstreaming biodiversity conservation Main Authors

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