EU Community Initiative
Alpine Space Programme
ProgrammeProjectsContacts DownloadsImprint......
Project Database

Projects & Results

Living Space Network


Drafting and adopting joint practicable concepts for the preservation, development and networking of selected living spaces of significance to the EU, taking Natura 2000 into special account.



Lead Partner

Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Landesentwicklung und Umweltfragen, Abteilung Naturschutz und Landschaftspflege

Lead Partner Country


Project Website

The project is finalised and you can download the results


05/2003 - 12/2005

Date of Approval


Approx. Total Budget in €

300.000 €

ERDF in €

124.500 €

Project Summary

1. In their respective fields of responsibility, all the project partners have extensive data on conservation areas, living spaces and species.
2. The “Networking of Conservation Areas and Living Spaces” is regarded by all the project partners as a further step forward and one of the main future strategies in the field of nature conservation, which should not be allowed to stop at borders between countries.
3. A cross-frontier networking strategy, and above all practical experience from actual networking projects, which can be of great benefit for a large number of users in future, have been lacking hitherto.
4. The current project intends to establish the scientific fundamentals in terms of nature conservation, and to carry out pilot projects to gain experience for practical use. This implies above all close cooperation with those affected locally (communities, associations and property owners).
5. This is accompanied by communicating the results obtained and the experience gained to interested circles (from the entire Alpine region and from countries acceding to the EU) by means of multimedia events, seminars etc..

Project Objectives

1. Nature conservation strategies so far have proved inadequate when it comes to halting the decline of species and habitats. If it is to be successful, nature conservation must be more far-reaching.
2. Extending this networking strategy to form a habitat alliance across borders would be a logical further development.
3. The FFH directive, the directive for the protection of birds, and the formation of the European ecological network Natura 2000 - which is also given in the EU Commission’s environment campaign program - are evidence of this development at EU level.
4. The European Spatial Development Perspectives (ESDP) refer to the further development of Natura 2000 (ESDP, Political Options no. 143/40).
5. A cross-border alliance of conservation areas and habitats is laid down in the Alpine Convention (Nature Conservation Protocol Art. 11 and 12).
6. On the basis of available data, a cross-frontier networking strategy needs to be drafted from which pilot projects for a “real” network can be developed. The project partners should incorporate all those concerned in the pilot projects, e.g. local government agencies, specialist authorities, scientific institutions and associations, etc. The experience and results obtained need to be conveyed not only to the project partners but also to interested parties, e.g. countries acceding to the EU.

The project has the following aims:
1. The safeguarding and development of sufficiently large habitats in a cross-border alliance is imperative if the biological diversity of the Alps’ ecological system is to be preserved. This is made evident in particular in the pilot projects “Cross-frontier running waters in the Alps” and “Protection of cross-frontier populations of bats in the Alps”. In addition to this, quite apart from the preservation of the genetic resources in the Alpine region, “diversity of species and habitats” is a factor contributing to the quality of attractions for tourists. The preservation of natural and nearly natural habitat structures in the Alpine region helps to prevent the increasing threats to nature posed there. The pilot project “Cross-frontier running waters in the Alps” therefore needs to handle the aspect “reducing the risk of threats to nature” as well as the aspect “biological diversity”.
2. New forms of cross-border collaboration at administrative level and between scientific institutions, associations and private individuals are brought about when as many affected parties as possible take part in the pilot project. With the project partners belonging to the administrations of the various countries, the continuity of this collaboration is guaranteed.

Project Achievements

Project Result Files


EU Project Partners

Amt der Salzburger Landesregierung, Abteilung Umweltschutz (Austria)
Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung, Abteilung Umweltschutz (Austria)
Amt der Vorarlberger Landesregierung, Abteilung Umweltschutz (Austria)
Autonome Provinz Bozen-Südtirol, Amt für Naturparke (Italy)
Ministerium für ländlichen Raum, Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten, Abteilung Naturschutz (Germany)
Provincia Autonoma di Trento Servizio Parchi e forestale demaniale (Italy)

Non-EU Project Partners

Amt für Natur und Landschaft des Kantons Graubünden (Switzerland)
Baudepartement des Kantons St. Gallen, Planungsamt (Switzerland)
Ufficio Protenzione Natura Dipartimento Ambiente Ticino (Switzerland)

Contact Person

Drost, Ulrich

made by
© 2001-2006 INTERREG IIIB Alpine Space Programme
Community Initiative Programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund