... is to connect the Bavarian-Bohemian lynx population with the autochtonus Carpathian lynx population to secure the long-term survival of this endangered cat species in Middle Europe.

The highlands of Oberpfälzer Wald/Ceský Les, Fichtelgebirge, Erzgebirge/ Krušné hory, Elbsandsteingebirge/Labské pískovce, Krkonoše/Karkonosze/Riesengebirge and Jeseníky/Altvatergebirge to the Carpathian Mountains of Slovakia are the stepstones for this connection of lynx populations.

Those stepstones must be linked to each other through corridors with suitable habitat. Unfortunately the fragmentation by major roads, rivers or villages is high and such structures are barriers for the expansion of lynx.

Therefore corridors must be established by building green bridges, wooded underpasses or through landscape restaurations to enable the traveling of lynx.

This is important for other wildlife species as well. The lynx can play a role of an umbrella species, that is a species whose habitat requirements encompass the habitat of many other species. Conservation areas that are able to supprt viable populations of lynx are likely to be able to support a variety of other species as well.

The term CELTIC is a synonym for this idea of 'lynx links' and is the abbreviation for ...