This pilot region is situated in the Austria-Italian-Swiss borderland. Two areas are particularly important in this region:
The first one extends from the Po-Plains along the Adige-valley over the central Alps to the Inn-Valley (Engadin in Switzerland and the upper Inn Valley in Austria). Here, migration paths from the east and south are present and mostly determined by geographic/topographic characteristics. Networks are of particular importance in the densely populated and intensively used Adige-valley (fruit-growing).
The second important area is situated between the existing protected areas like the Swiss National Park and the National Park Stilfserjoch, the Biosphere Val Müstair, the Natural Park Kaunergrat, Adamello and Adamello Brenta as well as parts of the south Tyrolean Natural Parks. In this area a more administrative and legal aspect is envisioned, aimed at developing a connection between the existing protected areas.
The first workshop with participants from all involved countries and from different affected sectors (agriculture, forestry, spatial planning, nature conservation, etc.) took place in October 2008. The ecological network shall be promoted by strong international cooperation and by the coordination of different sectors.