Paving the road towards eco-connectivity in the Carpathians and beyond – SAVEGREEN project and its implementation

The SaveGREEN project was recently selected by the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme (Interreg DTP) to work for the next two and a half years on the critical theme of ecological corridors in the Carpathian and further mountain ranges of the Danube region. Currently, eco-corridors are threatened by the lack of adequate planning of economic development initiatives. Linear transport infrastructure, urban development, intensive agricultural, forestry, and water management practices can interrupt ecological corridors, cause traffic-deaths, and lower the reproductive success of key species.

Therefore, building on the key results of previous Interreg DTP projects — i.e. TRANSGREEN, ConnectGREEN and HARMON — the SaveGREEN project will identify, collect and promote the best solutions for safeguarding ecological corridors based on integrated planning.  Monitoring the impact of mitigation measures will help us derive proper recommendations for follow-up actions and policy design.

The project will focus on the critical ecological corridors of the Alpine-Carpathian Corridor in Austria and Slovakia, the Southwest Carpathians of Romania, Zakarpattia in Ukraine, Beskydy in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Lyulin and the Balkan Mountains in Bulgaria and Greece — all areas impacted by linear transport projects and unsustainable land use. The project partnership gathers institutions from the public, private and non-profit sectors from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine, and covers key sectors to be involved in integrated planning of mitigation measures: nature conservation, research and education, transport, and consultancy business.

To read more about the project visit the SAVEGREEN website. More detailed information about the relevant activities for the Carpathian Convnetion please read here.

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