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The winners of the 10th international competition “Fotografare il parco” have been announced. This contest was organized by the Stelvio National Park (IT), the Gran Paradiso National Park (IT), Abruzzo, Latinum and Molise National Park (IT) and by the French National Park Vanoise in collaboration with Swarovski Optik Italia. Once again, the contest registered a great participation of many amateurs as well as professional photographers. More than  400 participants sent about 3200 pictures coming from Italy, France and other European countries. You can see the winners and the prizes in the file enclosed.Logos Parcs2 modifié-5

QA - LabexThe role of scientific councils             LOGO ALPARC signature E

Experts from science, protected mountain areas and administration will discuss the role of scientific councils regarding science and management in protected areas.

The workshop will be based on the presentation of various models in organising scientific councils existing in different countries and for different categories of protection. Afterwards, different aspects of scientific councils as an interface between science and protected areas will be discussed: To what extent and under what conditions are scientific councils able to promote scientific research in protected areas? To what extent and under what conditions can they support the management and the policy of a protected area and mediate conflicts? How can they contribute to building networks and cooperation?

Outcomes of the workshop will be recommendations concerning the establishment and the management of scientific councils, an analysis of scientific councils as interfaces between science and mountain protected areas (article in a scientific journal) and inputs to a planned Alpine Space project on the governance of protected areas and the contribution of science.

As the number of participants is limited to 40, the date of registration will be taken into account in the selection of participants.

Please find below the announcement, the programme and the registration form to send back to

The organising institutions:

ISCAR Jean-Jacques Brun, Thomas Scheurer
LabEx ITEM Isabelle Arpin, Philippe Bourdeau, Fabien Hobléa, Sophie Tocreau, Gaëlle Ronsin
ALPARC Guido Plassmann


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This section includes all the PowerPoint presentations shown during the Workshop „Wildlife and connected habitats” that  took place the 11th and 12th of December 2014 in Admont, at the Gesäuse National Park – Styria (Austria)

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This section includes all the PowerPoint presentations shown during the Workshop « Monitoring biodiversity transformation to document climate change impacts in alpine protected areas”, that  took place from 10th to 11th of September 2014 at Ceresole Reale, Gran Paradiso National Park (IT).

Please note that the presentation of Sonja Wipf is not online. If you are interested in the presentation, please contact directly the author at : sonja.wipf (at)

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 In order to improve the preservation of large carnivores in the Alps and the Carpathians, the international colloquium "Large carnivores: management, research and public relation strategies of the protected areas" was organised in the Nizke Tatry National Park in Slovakia from 2nd - 4th July 2009.

More than 70 specialists of protected areas, universities, NGOs and ministries in the Alps and the Carpathians met in Liptovsky Jan / Slovakia to broach the complex and often taboo issue of the symbolic species of the mountains: the bear, the wolf and the lynx. 

 The general presentations of the current situation in both massifs were followed by other lectures, in which participants communicated the results of their research activities, particularly in the field of species’ monitoring, migration and health problems. The main part of the meeting was dedicated to exchanges on the subject of the management of these species, especially in regard to management plans, measures of compensation and conflict management between human activities and these animals. The last session of presentations principally treated the importance of communication activities, environmental education and public relations.

The significance of a very close cooperation between both massifs in this subject was raised during the discussions. To emphasize this cooperation it has been decided to create a common working group "Large carnivores" between ALPARC and CNPA. This group ought to meet soon, after the nomination of a working group leader on the part of the Carpathians.

At the end of this meeting, a brochure about large carnivores in protected areas of the Alps and the Carpathians was published. 

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 The Ecological Continuum Initiative has published a new series of fact sheets for local stakeholders in German, French and Italian language that are now available online.

The fact sheets are not only informative brochures; their main objective is to put the ideas into action. This is why their target group are the stakeholders, who directly implement ecological networks (e.g. from the ECONNECT pilot regions).

The series of these ten fact sheets covers the most important fields of work, where connectivity measures should be implemented: agriculture, forestry, water management, hunting and fishing, spatial planning, transports, nature protection, tourism, municipalities, and other important players in the establishment of ecological networks.

Each fact sheet will explain the importance from its perspective, regarding ecological connectivity and list concrete measures that stakeholders will be encouraged to implement. Furthermore, good-practice examples from the Alps will be presented in each fact sheet and will show that connectivity measures do work. These good examples will motivate the stakeholders to imitate them. 

The printable pdf version of the fact sheets on nature protection, agriculture, transports, landscape planning, water management and forestry are already available for download at:

Tuesday, 02 October 2012 02:00

Nettoyons nos paysages montagnards

 Du 7 au 11 juillet 2012, le Parc national du Mercantour et Mountain Wilderness, association nationale de défense de la montagne, ont célébré dix ans de fructueuse collaboration sur les opérations « Installations Obsolètes ».

A cette occasion, plus de six tonnes d'installations militaires et agricoles obsolètes ont été évacuées de différents sites : sur la commune de Jausiers (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) au lac des Sagnes, Granges communes et Restefond et sur la commune de Belvédère (Alpes-Marittimes) à la Cime de Tuor.

Une centaine de bénévoles de l'association âgés de 3 à 83 ans, des gardes du Parc et des éleveurs locaux se sont relayés durant le week-end sur les abords du lac et les pentes occupées par le troupeau du groupement pastoral pour extraire des lignes de barbelés, des déchets de casernement et ménagers agricoles.

Les chantiers de démontage co-organisés par Mountain Wilderness et le Parc national du Mercantour ont débuté en août 2002 dans le secteur de la Vésubie avec deux tonnes de déchets prélevées. Depuis, allant de Vésubie en Ubaye en passant par la Moyenne-Tinée, ce sont 153 tonnes au total, en métal principalement, qui ont été arrachées du sol, conditionnées et acheminées vers les différentes déchetteries. Ce travail entrepris sur 10 ans correspond à 2 700 journées de travail/homme.

( Source:communiqué de presse de Mountain Wilderness)

The signature of the Alpine Convention has marked a new historical turn. This Convention is much more than a treaty among States. It is the international recognition of the fact that a coherent development of the Alps - meant as a territorial system, necessarily requires the definition and the use of common tools, as much as the joint elaboration of policies and strategies, able to exalt the specificity of the territory.

Therefore, the book aims to be a key to access the Alpine Convention, seen not only as an international law treaty, but as a "set of tools" to pursue in a coordinate manner, a long-lasting balance between economic and social development and the need to preserve both the environment and our cultural inheritance.

It is a complete set of tools to work beyond national borders. A set of tools which are available not only to policy and decision makers, but also to the population, that in the Alps and more than in other regions, is closely linked to the territory. A territory that has to be managed with care...

In fact, the Alps are not a barrier to communications that have to be crossed through as quickly as possible, or a mine of resources that have to be exploited without any limits, or an amusement parc. 

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The European Union’s biodiversity action plan: Halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 – and beyond.

Official Publication of the European Communities, 

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 02:00

Last of the wild

Last of the wild: overview of status and monitoring of some wilderness related species in the Natura 2000 network.

Edition: PAN Parks Foundation, 2009


By providing a description of the management and monitoring practices of various protected areas, with regards to chamois, ibex, brown bears, lynx, wolves and white-tailed eagles in its new publication, the PAN Parks Foundation aims to argue for the need for a non-intervention management approach that will ensure healthy and stable populations of these – and other – important wilderness species. In addition, we hope that the present selection of monitoring experience will serve as inspiration to many nature conservation professionals in their handling of wilderness habitats and species around Europe.

If you have comments or questions concerning the publications or the PAN Parks Foundation, please contact Edit Borza, Communications Manager at or visit 

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