Activity 1: Network connectivity conceptual development and drafting methodology package for the identification of the corridors

The activity aims for the drafting of the conceptual framework for the entire project. This activity is centered on following the next steps:

A. analysis from national and international literature on the ecological corridors;

B. Identification of gaps in knowledge and formulate working hypotheses;

C. Making a compendium of relevant data sources;

D. Creating the concept for other project activities;

The activity aims to achieve an objective analysis of existing information relating to the identification, management and monitoring of ecological corridors, this necessity is being generated by the complexity of the problem from the different spatial scales (targeted for the project implementation). Action aims for the developing / adapting methodologies for identifying corridors based on:

a) The complexity of ecosystems (landscape approach - structural connectivity) (Berthoud et al.2004)

b) Species (including umbrella species) (species approach - functional connectivity)

c) Integrated method, combining the structural approach to the functional one (e.g. Corridor Designer).

To optimize the entire process in Activity 1 (A1) were planned the following subtasks:

A.1.1 Critical analysis of literature on ecological corridors;

A.1.2 the initial definition of the criteria and the data needed for identifying ecological corridors;

A.1.3 Identification, selection and compilation of the relevant existing data;

A.1.4 Develop the GIS database

A.1.5 Consultations with experts and policy makers regarding the initial set of criteria for identifying the ecological corridorsA.1.6 Attainment based on the analysis stage of a typology of ecological corridors

A.1.7 selecting umbrella species habitat for each group and each ecoregion

A.1.8 Develop / adapt methodologies for identifying the corridors based on the complexity of the ecosystems