14 2 5 3 Alpine Nature 2030 Creating ecological connectivity for generations to come 93 Florian KRAXNER 1 Sylvain LEDUC 1 Hernán Serrano LEÓN1 Sabine FUSS 1 2 Piera PATRIZIO 1 3 Ping YOWARGANA 1 1 Ecosystems Services and Management Program ESM International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis IIASA Laxenburg Austria 2 Working group Sustainable Resource Management and Global Change Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change MCC Berlin Germany 3 Department of Electrical Mechanical and Management Engineering DIEGM University of Udine Udine Italy 3 3 Expanding renewable energy within the Alpine ecological network The Alpine ecosystems have delivered living space food and energy to their populations for millennia Yamagata et al 2010 Nowadays a diversi cation of renewable energy RE production is taking place Tra ditional RE technologies such as bioenergy and hydro power are seen as only one part of the broad energy portfolio in the Alps and are now inter alia comple mented by wind power solar and geothermal energy However the expansion of all these technologies in competition with other land uses may increase land scape fragmentation Svadlenak Gomez et al 2013 If a functional ecological continuum is not ensured in the Alpine landscapes their biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services for the local populations may be threatened Despite the general public support for RE expansion such sustainability concerns can reduce public acceptance in certain locations Proper spatial planning of RE expansion should consider ecosystem The Roselend Dam is located in the Savoie department in the French Alps Its construction was completed in 1962 for the primary purpose of hydroelectric power generation and it supports the 546 MW La Bâthie Power Station

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