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WWF and its partners also identified areas linking the Alpine region to surrounding regions, like the Apennines, Jura Mountains, Carpathians, and Dinaric Alps.
Protecting the natural areas that connect the Alps with the surrounding mountain regions will ensure that Alpine species and ecological processes are not restricted to an Alpine 'bubble'.

These external links will facilitate the movement of migratory species with large territorial ranges – e.g. large carnivores – between the major ecoregions. They will further ensure the possibility of the Alps as a shelter for species displaced by global warming.

What We Do

Alps - Apennines Corridor: WWF is working to connect the Alps with the Apennines, a key external connection area that will link two globally important ecoregions (i.e. the Mediterranean with the Alps). Climate change adaptation models predict the movement of species from the South of Italy through the Apennines and finally to the Alps. This corridor will thus provide an important escape route for displaced species under climate change scenarios. WWF identified valuable core areas in this corridor where conservation efforts must be concentrated.

Alps - Carpathians Corridor: WWF is working on an Action Plan for conserving the key areas that will eventually form an ecological corridor between the Alps with the Carpathian Mountains. The plan will provide measures to improve and maintain the suitability of this connection area for the migration of large mammals between these two mountain ranges.