ECONNECT is funded by the EU within the framework of the ETC Alpine Space Programme and co-funded by ERDF; the project implementation period goes from September 2008 to August 2011. The total financing of the project amounts to 3.198.240,00€.
ECONNECT strives towards an ecological continuum across the Alps. Therefore, besides protected areas as core zones, it is essential to focus on linking these areas in order to achieve connectivity between alpine ecosystems.
To achieve an ecological continuum across the Alps, the ECONNECT project will consider not just the purely naturalistic aspects (such as, for example, sustainable land use) but also the economic and social dimensions which are just as important in promoting ecological networks.