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 “Nature parks strengthen rural territories: such is the paradigm widely heard with regard to nature parks and regional development. The present report “Nature Parks and Regional Sustainable Development” seeks to identify further the factors which enable nature parks to contribute to regional development while equally taking into account aspects of society, the protection of nature and the landscapes.

Thus 32 experts from different countries (Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Hungary and Switzerland) have looked into these questions. Thanks to a scientific analysis it is possible to define the effects of nature parks on local economies and identify the results obtained by the implementation of different actions.

26 projects stemming from nature parks in Austria and other countries present examples of successful regional development in nature parks. The themes under scrutiny range from the enhancement of landscapes through local produce, sustainable mobility and visitor management to environmental education and other innovative concepts and projects. 

 Source: Federation of Austrian Nature Parks (VNÖ)

Link to download the report (in German)

Monday, 31 March 2014 02:00

Catalogue of the communication products

The catalogue lists the various Alpine Network publications: conference proceedings; specialist subjects; bulletins; educational material; book of Alpine stories and legends; special items such as the map of Alpine protected areas and the 'Mountains and myths' exhibition.

Published in Brochures

In 2004, the Permanent Committee of the Alpine Convention puts the Alpine Network in charge of preparing a study on the national and transboundary links existing between protected areas. The results will permit to make recommendations for strategies on a large scale and will present possible territorial connections as well as political, national and regional development measures. This study could thus be used as a framework for creation and implementation of an alpine ecological territorial network.

Edited by ALPARC in the collection « Alpensignale » of the Alpine Convention

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Alpine Ecological Network

Published in Dossiers

Provides an interpretation key for the aerial photos used as the basis for the INTERREG III B HABITALP programme, which is intended to create a map-based transnational spatial database.

Published in Dossiers

The document uses a typology to demonstrate the differences and similarities between the protected areas in the eight Alpine countries. The Alpine Network is seeking to contribute to a better understanding of these areas which are located in countries with different cultures.

Published in Dossiers

Contains all the documents from the Conference on European Mountain Protected Areas held in Chambéry (France) in November 2002. The conference considered each protected area in turn as a place for living, welcoming visitors and for exchanges.

Published in Dossiers

The Alpine Network of Protected Areas suggested a first inventory of Natura 2000 sites within the protected alpine areas or their vicinity.

Published in Dossiers

Contains information about Alpine protected areas over 100 hectares,: name of the managing body, the director, the address, date of creation, total surface area, etc. The directory is intended to encourage contacts between managers in the Network of Alpine Protected Areas.

Published in Dossiers