The new edition of eco.mont - Journal of protected mountain areas research is now available!
The journal is aimed at scientists, managers of protected areas and interested individuals on research and management issues related to protected areas in the Alps and other protected mountain areas. It is on its 10th anniversary and was founded as a joint initiative by the Alpine Network of Protected Areas (ALPARC), the International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps (ISCAR), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) and the University of Innsbruck.
eco.mont is published twice a year as a collaboration of the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press and Innsbruck University Press
Below you will find the documentation of the ALPARC conference "Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) in protected areas: opportunities and threats" that was held the 27th and 28th of March 2018 in Dobbiaco.
See the programme of the conference here
The European Parks Academy (EPA) is a new international training format that addresses the increasing capacity needs for planning and effectively managing protected areas.
The unique cooperation between IUCN´s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), the research institution E.C.O. and the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt resulted in well-designed and targeted training modules hold by renown experts.
After a successful first round of the academy in 2017 (IUCN News), this year´s event will focus again on three highly relevant topics: „Branding & Communication“, „Ecological Monitoring“ and „Management of World Heritage Sites”. The summer academy takes place from 16th to 28th July 2018 in Klagenfurt/Austria.
Find the program flyer here.
Further information and registration: https://e-c-o.at/epa.html
Andrej Sovinc, IUCN´s WCPA: email@example.com
Alexandra Joseph, E.C.O. Institute of Ecology: firstname.lastname@example.org
The aim of this ALPARC event is to provide an overview about the variety of possible uses of the new and rapidly evolving technology for different tasks in the missions of protected areas. Potential dangers of unappropriated use of UAS will also be highlighted.
The use of drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems/UAS) has considerably increased during the last years, also in the alpine Protected Areas. This new technology has integrated the modern park management and is used for multiple purposes (monitoring, mapping, remote sensing, photography, technical interventions in inaccessible areas…), offering numerous interesting possibilities. On the other hand the use of drones by park managers but particularly also by external persons may cause important disturbances to the protected areas.
During the conference the legal situation in the different alpine countries will be presented and an introduction to general UAS technology given. Protected areas managers and other professional drone users will present very diverse possibilities of use of drones in the day to day tasks of protected areas and discuss further potential challenges for the new technology with the participants. A demonstration of flying performances by experienced drone pilots is forseen. An overview about potential negative impacts of the flying devises and how to limit them will close the event.
The Conference will take place the 26th and 27th March 2018 in the Grand Hotel in Toblach/Dobbiaco (Italy). Registration is open !
To register for the conference, please click on the button below.
The event is organized with the logistical and financial support of :
The video clip reflecting the atmosphere of the 3rd edition of Youth at Top has just been released !
Are you curious? Please have a look and discover the experiences lived by our young participants and their guides.
The third edition of “Youth at the Top” took place on July 11th and July 12th in six Alpine countries and three countries of the Carpathians.This time, the international youth event hosted 48 events which involved numerous different day and night activities.
Hence, more than 500 enthusiastic young people from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, Poland, Romania and Slovakia set out on a great adventure to discover the treasures of the mountain environment.
For more information about the 2017 edition, please consult the Youth at the Top website.
We are looking forward to seeing you on the 12th of July 2018 !
This international initiative is coordinated by ALPARC and supported by the German Ministry for the Environment and the Principality of Monaco.
Give Youth a Voice in the Alps! GaYA Encourages Youth Participation in Local - Urban and Rural - Politics
How can young people become more involved in local political processes? How can local politicians, their municipalities and the young themselves benefit from increased inclusion? These questions are central to the EU Interreg Alpine Space GaYA project (Governance and Youth in the Alps), and especially to its pilot stage that started at the beginning of September. As project partner and coordinator of the pilot phase in 2018, ALPARC also works closely with three Nature park regions in France.
The first stage of the project ended with the “Youth Participation in Political Decisions in Alpine Regions” workshop on 29 June in Bozen/Bolzano. The aim of this first stage was to analyse democratic and participatory processes across the Alps with particular focus on youth, and to highlight good practices. At the workshop, the partners presented these results to numerous representatives from municipalities and the political sphere from all over the Alpine space (report available, see below). The GaYA project teaser video-clip, which was designed by the ALPARC coordination unit with an external video maker, encourages youth participation in local politics by highlighting some of the existing examples (see below).
Over the next months, the pilot stage will start in the different GaYA pilot areas. Based on local needs and challenges, the aim is to test innovative approaches to mobilise and include youth in political processes in various fields: from youth-related topics such as education and culture to wider regional challenges such as biodiversity and climate change. Accompanied by the GaYA partnership and supported by external experts in the fields of citizen participation and democratic innovation, each pilot area will develop a participatory action plan and should implement at least one specific action in 2018. The experiences and lessons from this experimental approach will help the consortium to develop a toolkit and recommendations for policy-making in the field of youth participation in local politics.
GaYA runs from November 2016 to February 2019 and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme (Total budget: 1,092,748 € - 928,836€ ERDF grant). ALPARC is work package leader in the pilot stage (End 2017-2018).
For further information
Have a look at the GaYA comparative report (all Alpine languages): EN DE FR IT SI
Watch the GaYA teaser video-clip available in (all Alpine languages): EN DE FR IT SI
To keep yourself updated, please visit: www.alpine-space.eu/projects/gaya
International Forum Immenstadt (D), 28 September 2017, 9.30am – 4pm (7pm)
The conservation, restoration and creation of ecological connectivity are key elements in European and international nature protection policies. Stakeholders from numerous sectors are involved, adapting their daily activities or setting up particular measures to improve ecological connectivity. These activities support the conservation of biodiversity, but they also generate benefits in a regional socio-economic context and therefore contribute to greening the economy.
The GreenConnect project has studied the contributions of ecological connectivity measures to a green economy in the Alpine context and highlighted some of the potential socio-economic impacts. Based on the results of this study, that will be presented during the event, participants from research, Alpine Pilot Regions, administrations and representatives from different economic sectors are invited to discuss the implications, to suggest related project ideas and to participate in the drafting of a follow-up process.
The International Forum takes place in the Alpseehaus in Immenstadt (D) on 28 September 2017.
This event is organized in coordination with the “Business models for the sustainable use of natural resources in the Alpine region” Workshop organized as part of a process to develop an action plan for a Green Alpine Economy, taking place the day before (27th September 2017) in Immenstadt.
MEMORIAL Danilo Re
The 23rd Edition of the “Danilo Re Memorial” will take place January 25th to 28th 2018 in Berchtesgaden National Park (DE) which at the same time is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Happy anniversary Berchtesgaden National Park !
ALPARC General Assembly 2018
As usual the General Assembly of ALPARC will meet during the Danilo Re Memorial, on January 26th, 2018. All the ALPARC members are kindly invited to participate.
For further information, please check the Memorial Danilo Re website
During the last ALPARC council meeting on June 29th-30th, Dr. Peter Oggier, Director of the Pfyn-Finges Nature Park was elected as the new Alparc president. He succeeds Dr. Michael Vogel, Director of the Berchtesgaden National Park who, is retiring after 14 years of Alparc presidency.
“I am looking forward to playing an active role in the Alparc network, thus facilitating international collaboration for the preservation of the Alpine region in order to enable future generations to enjoy this special living environment”, Oggier stated after his election. Peter Oggier studied Zoology at the Universities of Bern and Basel and has worked and taught in different fields including Ornithology and Wildlife Corridors. Since 2004, he has been Director at the Pfyn Finges Nature Park which he founded on behalf of the municipalities.
Moreover, the council meeting in South Tyrol assigned Dott. Andrea Beltrame, President of the Prealpi Giulie Nature Park, as a new vice president. Andréa Beltrame has been active for almost forty years in the political life of the municipality of Resiutta. Since 2013 the retired entrepreneur has been president of the Prealpi Giulie Nature Park. "I strongly believe in the potential of Alparc as an international network and I am highly interested in further improving its relationship to the national ministries and national park federations."
The new Alparc board is represented by the president Dr. Peter Oggier, the two vice presidents Christian Schwoehrer and Dott. Andrea Beltrame , the general secretary Dr. Roland Baier and the treasurer Mag. Peter Rupitsch.
Special thanks are given to the Province of Bolzano, and particularly to Dr. Maria Magareth Pallhuber, Tre Cime Natur Park Coordinator, for having hosted the council meeting in Dobbiaco, South-Tyrol.
The GaYA project aims to increase the quality of democratic processes in the Alpine space by enhancing the inclusion of young people. The first stage of the project focused on an analysis of the situation of participatory democracy and youth participation in the Alpine regions and municipalities. With the support of all the partners, the Institute of Federalism at EURAC carried out a comparative study, including a questionnaire addressed to the Alpine regions (42 out of 48 regions answered) and interviews with 31 cities, towns and rural municipalities.
A report with the results of this analysis will be presented in a conclusive workshop of the first stage in Bolzano (Italy) on 29th June. During the workshop it will be possible to discuss youth participation, its challenges and good practices in different policy fields with practitioners from different horizons. Please find the programme and the GaYA poster below.
If you are interested in participating in the conference, please contact EURAC at email@example.com before June 20.
Following the conference, the comparative report will be published and will be available in all Alpine languages by Autumn 2017.
Please, note that we are still searching for official observers who would like to follow more closely the work on the project, notably the upcoming pilot stage. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org