LIFE BioCorridors - Cross-border corridors : demonstrating a transboundary ecological network

LIFE14 NAT/FR/000290

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Contact details:

Contact person: Mathilde WENDLING
Tel: 33388014975
Fax: 33388014960
Email: m.wendling@parc-vosges-nord.fr

Project description:


Species are being lost through habitat destruction and land fragmentation. Since the 1990s, the re-establishment of ecological corridors has been considered essential to safeguard biodiversity. Such corridors enable populations of species to spread out, preventing the phenomena of isolation and genetic impoverishment. Ecological networks have been mapped in different countries and regions as ‘blue’ and ‘green’ corridors. In France, they are called “Trame Verte et Bleue”, and in Germany “Biotopverbund”.


The LIFE BioCorridors project aims to re-establish an extensive ecological continuity in a cross-border context, in the biosphere reserve located in the northern Vosges (the Alsace and Lorraine regions, France) and the Pfälzerwald (German Rhineland-Palatinate region).

Consequently, the project’s objectives are to:

  • Restore natural watercourse dynamics as regards sediment transit and water quality for fish;
  • Increase and sustain the number and dispersal ability of open-environment species;
  • Increase and sustain the number of forest species linked to caves or wood;
  • Advise and assist relevant stakeholders in implementing ecological networks in the area; and
  • Raise the awareness of elected officials and the general public of the importance of ecological networks favouring species and the quality of the environment.
  • Expected results:

  • Improved and enhanced habitats that benefit species linked to caves, and to old and dead wood (e.g. stag beetle, woodpeckers, owls, bats);
  • Restored refuge zones for species in open environments;
  • Restored ecological corridors in open environments, to improve conservation status of species;
  • Restored natural watercourse dynamics, elimination of barriers and enhanced presence of fish such as trout, bullhead and spined loach; and
  • Raised awareness among elected representatives, stakeholders and the general public about ecological corridor restoration, through consultations and the production of a brochure, a website and a documentary film.



Environmental issues addressed:


Biodiversity issues - Ecological coherence


animal corridor‚  river‚  forestry

Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • COM(2011) 244 final “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 ...
  • COM(2013) 249 final “Communication from the Commission on Green Infrastructure (GI) - Enhancing E ...

Target Habitat types

  • 02 - Specific (i.e.for technical reasons or specific issue)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator SYCOPARC -Syndicat de coopération pour le Parc Naturel Régional des Vosges du Nord
Type of organisation Park-Reserve authority
Description The regional natural park of the northern Vosges (Parc Naturel Régional des Vosges du Nord) is responsible for sustainable development in the national park region, through the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems, and the promotion of cultural events, eco-tourism, educational activities, and technical support for land management. The national park was established in 1975 and became a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1989, which was extended to the adjoining “Naturpark Pfälzerwald” (Germany) in 1998.
Partners BezirPfalz(Bezirksverband Pfalz), Germany


Project reference LIFE14 NAT/FR/000290
Duration 01-DEC-2015 to 31-MAY -2020
Total budget 3,611,735.00 €
EU contribution 2,167,041.00 €
Project location Alsace(France)


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