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The national conference in Pontresina will focus on the situation of the Alpine tourism sector, taking into account the trends and the transformation that are currently influencing it. The conference will outline what are the future perspectives for Regions and localities with a fully developed tourism sector and whose economies rely and depend on it.

Different actors from politics, research and academia, public administration and the tourism job market will take part in the discussions focusing on the development of tourist centres, the future of the sector and the issue of second-home ownership.

The conference is supposed to target experts in different fields such as tourism, economy, culture, politics and regional development, but it is also thought for the general public and the second-home owners.

On the following morning, the participants can take part in one of the three possible guided excursions that have been planned:

  • Morteratsch – An excursion through the area overlooking the glacier of Morteratsch to raise the issue of glacial retreat
  • “St. Moritz – Città nel villaggio” – A walk in St. Moritz on the tracks of the architectural heritage of the past and an overlook on future perspectives with Cordula Seger (Cultural Scientist)
  • Museum Engiadinais – An immersion in the past life style of the Engadina Valley

 

The deadline for registration to the event is 19th June 2017.

For further information on the event visit the website of UNIMONT here.

Monday, 19 June 2017 13:39

"We are Alps" journalists tour 2017

The Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention is organizing the “We are Alps “ journalist tour:  an annual event for a group of journalists who will be crossing the Alps in a week-long excursion.

The upcoming edition will take place from the 25th June to the 2nd July 2017 and will be focused on the topic of WATER IN THE ALPS.

Interested journalists are invited to apply by the deadline on the 30th of April 2017.

The small group of journalists taking part in the event will be using sustainable means of transport (trains, buses, boats, bicycles) on a route from Vienna to Monaco.

During the excursion, the group will have the chance to be involved in different activities related to the topic of this year, notably meeting actors of flagship projects for innovative water management and many other people from the alps (experts, representatives of the civil society, of different economic sectors and different administrative levels, business people, workers, farmers and politicians). The event is an occasion to raise awareness on the challenges and opportunities of the Alpine area with a specific focus on water. 

For further information about the event, the selection procedure and other details, please visit the following link: http://www.alpconv.org/en/activities/wearealps/WeareAlps2017/default.html

 

The Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention is organizing the “We are Alps “ journalist tour:  an annual event for a group of journalists who will be crossing the Alps in a week-long excursion.  The upcoming edition will take place from the 25th June to the 2nd July 2017 and will be focused on the topic of WATER IN THE ALPS. The application for potential journalist participants is currently open! 

Interested journalists are invited to apply by the deadline on the 30th of April 2017. Selected candidates will be notified by mid-May.

The small group of journalists taking part in the event will be using sustainable means of transport (trains, buses, boats, bicycles) on a route from Vienna to Monaco.

During the excursion, the group will have the chance to be involved in different activities related to the topic of this year, notably meeting actors of flagship projects for innovative water management and many other people from the alps (experts, representatives of the civil society, of different economic sectors and different administrative levels, business people, workers, farmers and politicians). The event is an occasion to raise awareness on the challenges and opportunities of the Alpine area with a specific focus on water. 

For further information about the event, the selection procedure and other details, please visit the following link: http://www.alpconv.org/en/activities/wearealps/WeareAlps2017/default.html

 

Published in News from the Alps

Martedì 7 febbraio 2017 alle ore 15.30 presso l'Aula Magna dell'Università della Montagna a Edolo, Alessandro Meinardi - Direttore Parco dello Stelvio - Lombardia - terrà il seminario "Il Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio come volano di sviluppo del territorio?".



More info at  http://www.unimontagna.it/en



Thursday, 23 March 2017 16:54

WeWild Workshop 1

WeWild Workshop 1 in Lingenau, Nagelfluhkette nature park (AT)

 

Further information at http://www.alparc.org/our-actions/economy-and-life-quality/wewild

Published in Events of ALPARC

During our international workshop “Wildlife and winter sport activities” in the Bauges regional nature park in March 2016, the participants have expressed a strong wish to elaborate a common communication strategy. In the frame of the project WeWild - We respect Alpine wildlife -, ALPARC aims at developing – for the protected areas of the Alps –a joint communication strategy and awareness-raising tools in order to reduce the impact of winter sport practitioners on wildlife in the Alps. The aim of the project is to send out a joint awareness-raising message to winter outdoor practitioners in the Alps in order to give greater momentum to local and regional initiatives.


Alparc coordinates the project and pursues a participatory approach, involving protected area staff and other stakeholders. A first workshop will take place in March 23 and 24 in Vorarlberg (AT). The aim of this first meeting is share experiences in awareness-raising campaigns and to elaborate the contents of the joint strategy (see programme attached). A second workshop will take place in November 2017 in the Italian Alps (to be confirmed). The workshop is open to experts from the Alpine protected areas and other stakeholders, such as Alpine clubs, environmental NGOs and regional governments.


The project will also develop awareness-raising tools that are free to use and share (available from January 2018). The project will use partnerships with the private sector, festivals and sporting events to disseminate the tools and to implement the communication strategy in the medium run. A final conference in November 2018 will bring further momentum to our initiative, presenting the results and gathering a large number of Alpine stakeholders around the topic.


The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB). For more information and in order to register for the workshop, please contact us directly.

ALPARC project coordinator: Dominik Cremer-Schulte | dominik.cremer-schulte@alparc.org
Website: www.alparc.org/wewild

Monday, 30 January 2017 17:28

22 Memorial Danilo Re: a winter’s tale

The 2017 edition of the international Memorial Danilo Re, the official games for Alpine protected area rangers and protected area staff, took place from January 26 to 28 in the Gesäuse National park in Styria (Austria). In fairy tale-like winter conditions, more than 150 participants from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Slovenia competed in four disciplines in the small sport resort of Kaiserau close to Admont. As every year, the event also was the occasion for rangers, park staff and directors to meet, exchange and network.

 

Memorial Danilo Re as good start for the Austrian presidency of the Alpine Convention
After the traditional parade of the teams accompanied by torch light and traditional Styrian music through the streets of Admont, the Secretary General of the Alpine Convention Markus Reiterer, in the name of the Alpine states, warmly welcomed the 36 teams and their supporters. For Austria, which took over the presidency of the Alpine Convention in October 2016, Günter Liebel of the Federal Ministry for the Environment highlighted the radiant character of the event for the start of the presidency period. Both officials underlined the importance of the Memorial Danilo Re as unique and connecting event in the Alps, that perfectly communicates the joint efforts to preserve this valuable natural and cultural space that are the Alps to the greater public.

 

Platform for exchange: seminar on the nature interpretation approach
The Memorial Danilo Re has for years provided an optimal platform for the exchange of those employees from the Alpine protected areas who are responsible for monitoring, education and knowledge transfer. A broad professional task field, which is not only challenging, but also vital to man and nature. Within the framework of the memorial, expertise, exchange and dialogue are combined and bundled. This year, the focus of the seminar laid on a contemporary education and knowledge transfer method, the nature interpretation approach.

 

The Danilo Re Trophy: overall victories for Germany (men) and Austria (women)
Giant slalom, cross-country skiing and shooting - these are not only the disciplines that form the core of Olympic winter games, but also precisely the sports - supplemented by ski mountaineering - within which the participants were able to compete. Similar to the Olympic spirit, participation and joy stood in the foreground of the games, which offered a challenge for all.


The overall victory went to Nationalpark Berchtesgaden (DE, Team 2), followed by Parc Naziunal Svizzer (CH, Team 1) and the mixed team Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso (IT)/Parc National de la Vanoise (FR). For the ladies, Nationalpark Hohe Tauern (AT, Team 2) was able to defend its title ahead of Nationalpark Berchtesgaden (DE, Team 1) and Parco dell’ Adamello (IT, Team 2). The team from Berchtesgaden is therefore well prepared for the 23rd edition of the Danilo Re Trophy in 2018, which will take place in their National Park.

A big thank you to all the 36 teams who took part in this 22nd edition, and special thanks to the team of the Nationalpark Gesäuse and the other local organizers for making the event happen in perfect conditions. See you all, hopefully, in Berchtesgaden (DE) in January 2018.


Click here to see the photos of the event

See the detailed results by downloading the document below.


Source: The text is partly based on the press release (German) of the Nationalpark Gesäuse(30/01/2017) available below

The registration is open for the 22nd Edition of the “Danilo Re Memorial” that will take place from the 26th to the 29th of January 2017 in Admont (Austria) in the Gesäuse National Park.

Set up your team and register via the online form. On the official website you will also find the programme and some additional information.

Please complete your registration before the 31th of December

Thematic seminar : “ Interpreting the Alps “
This year the thematic seminar will take place in a workshops format on the topic : 


“INTERPRETING THE ALPS” – “How do I connect heart and mind with the alpine landscape?“


The workshops will give an insight into the heritage interpretation approach including some practical experience. It will be run by members from Interpret Europe, the European Association for Heritage Interpretation. Each workshop is facilitated by a native speaker in one of the Alpine languages French, German, Italian and Slovenian, as well as in English.


ALPARC General Assembly 2017   
As usual the General Assembly of ALPARC will take place during the Danilo Re Memorial on the 27th of January 2017.  All the ALPARC members are kindly invited to participate.
If you are an ALPARC member you can make your hotel reservation online with the registration form by join your team or as a single person (supporter). In case you will attend only the General Assembly ALPARC please contact ALPARC for further information for accommodation.

We look forward to seeing in Admont!

Irmgard Badura (2.v.l.), Beauftragte der Bayerischen Staatsregierung für die Belange von Menschen mit Behinderung, überreichte kürzlich das Signet „Bayern barrierefrei – Wir sind dabei“ an den Nationalpark Berchtesgaden.

Auf der Hängebrücke im Klausbachtal nahmen der stellvertretende Nationalparkleiter Ulrich Brendel (2.v.r.), Mitarbeiter Christian Graßl (r.) sowie Ramsaus Bürgermeister Herbert Gschoßmann (l.) die Auszeichnung entgegen. Nach den Plänen der Bayerischen Staatsregierung soll der Freistaat bis zum Jahr 2023 in öffentlichen Bereichen zum großen Teil barrierefrei gestaltet werden. „Auch der Nationalpark widmet diesem Thema große Aufmerksamkeit“, versichert Ulrich Brendel. „Seit 2006 setzen wir unseren engagierten Managementplan für Barrierefreiheit Schritt für Schritt weiter um“.

Auch Christian Graßl, Koordinator für Barrierefreiheit im Nationalpark, freut sich über entsprechende Angebote: „Das Haus der Berge, die Hängebrücke im Klausbachtal, der Aussichtsturm an der Wildfütterung sowie die Bushaltestellen des Alm-Erlebnisbusses beweisen, dass Barrierefreiheit auch in einem Alpen-Nationalpark möglich ist“.

Bildnachweis - Credit: Nationalpark Berchtesgaden

Berchtesgaden

 After the success of the international “Wildlife and Winter Sport Activities” workshop in the Massif des Bauges on 3rd and 4th March last, attended by 45 people, a working group on this theme was set up at the beginning of summer. The will to work together in the ALPARC network stems from the finding that the disturbance of wildlife in winter is a problem that follows the same dynamic in many Alpine territories. Sharing knowledge and practices can bring added value: more visibility, greater awareness –raising among the public who practise such activities and a better quality of management in the Alpine protected areas. The operating objective for this group of around 20 people is to develop a project on a transnational scale together.
The working group has at its disposal an online collaborative working space, where information and photos can be shared. Last May the steering committee, made up of technicians from the Bauges Nature Park, ASTERS and ALPARC, met for the first time to collect the feedback from the workshop and set out the next steps.

The results of the online survey

Among the first actions planned by this committee was an online survey which was launched by ALPARC last June and in which 27 people took part (44 % protected areas, 30 % researchers and 19 % Alpine clubs), its aim being to channel ideas for projects. Overall the survey confirmed once again the interest in working together on this theme, notably on awareness-raising, communication and monitoring of the disturbance (wildlife and sports activities). 74 % of participants are in favour of a campaign to raise awareness on an Alpine scale. The idea of working with the pilot regions was brought up, as well as partnerships with Alpine clubs and firms in the outdoor sector for the communication/awareness-raising campaign.

The next step will be to develop a project on an Alpine scale. Furthermore, ALPARC is actively looking for financing which could support these activities and the development of a common strategy.

For further details: Workshop report « Wildlife and winter sport activities »
To join the working group: ALPARC extranet