14 2 5 3 35 Alpine Nature 2030 Creating ecological connectivity for generations to come Source Alpine Space Cooperation Programme 2014 to 2020 Figure 1 Alpine Space Programme ASP Policy Cycle Projects and policy making have to be linked General awareness among stakeholders and the wider public about creating ecological con nectivity Most people are not rational and don t make daily decisions based on logical scienti c analysis Instead they are motivated by a mixture of emotion habits and social norms It is how biodiversity makes them feel not think that leads them to act Biodiversity is the world s most elaborate scienti c concept but also potentially its greatest story For most people a love of nature is about awe wonder and joy not habitats ecosystem services or extinction Svadlenak Gomez et al 2014a Let s make people dream and act for biodiversity and life Support of protected areas as facilitators for na ture conservation in extended regional contexts Protected areas are a key element of ecological net works due to their spatial role in the network and their potentially catalytic function for the initiation and sup port of the process to maintain and restore ecological connectivity For protected area administrations it has become obvious that the delimitation of Pilot Regions must thoroughly consider the territorial aspects of nat ural areas versus administrative boundaries as well as the needs of participatory elements in the delimitation process and a clear distribution of competences and tasks within the group of involved persons and institu tions Künzl et al 2011 Protected areas are more than just sites they are animators and often initiators of new processes such as ecological connectivity Awareness of ecosystem services and sustaina ble use of Alpine resources delivered by well es tablished protected areas with high biodiversity While society appears to appreciate the value of pro tected areas for example sanctuary recreation and generally accepts the importance of biodiversity and the associated ecosystem services there is little under standing of the dynamic needs of our environment It appears prudent to raise awareness of the limitations of a static protected area approach to Alpine environ mental protection in the face of rapid regime changes Füreder et al 2011 Well recognised protected areas can deliver a better understanding of the needs of con nectivity linked to a sustainable use and protection of Alpine resources through their action and work in edu cational programmes for the wider public Protected areas are insuring a pedagogical mission through their numerous activities and their simple presence Cooperation between all sectors and improved links between the nature conservation scene and economic players Pilot areas allow theory to be transformed into reality and work in cohesive territories permits the involve ment of relevant stakeholders and decision makers from different sectors This dialogue process with the local population and stakeholders from different economic sectors helps to de ne goals and common actions in speci c regions Svadlenak Gomez et al 2014a It is de nitely necessary to overcome or better yet to break down the barriers between the nature protec tion orientated argumentation and convictions on one hand and the economic based argumentation and ambitions on the other hand This whole governance process should be managed as a natural developing process of exchange rather than ex clusively according to rigid plans goals objectives tar gets and schedules Plans and objectives are important Policy implemen tation Explorative piloting activities Strategy policy devel opment

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