A study from the laboratory of Alpine Ecology in Grenoble (CNRS) and University of Yale shows that an increase of only 5% in the surface of protected areas would strongly increase the preservation of mammals and bird species.
Since biodiversity is generally evaluated by the number of present species in a specific zone, the scientists added two other components to which it is not frequently referred to: phylogenetical diversity which reflects evolutionary history accumulated by an assemblage of species, and functional diversity which reflects the diversity of life history traits of a population such as feeding. Thanks to algorithms of spatial optimization, the scientists identified priority protection zones in Madagascar, South-East Asia and the Andes.
The results are published in Nature.
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The Sondrio Film Festival, the International exhibition on protected areas documentary take place from the 13th to the 26th of November 2017 in Sondrio.
The event aims at raising awareness on nature conservation and protection, valorising environmental education activities and promoting nature documentaries.
This book on wildlife crimes by Heinrich Haller represents a trans-border study reaching from the Swiss National Park over to Italy and Austria. A study of this type has never been published in such a way. It is not only about refurbishing history but also about the analysis of present day cases shedding light on dark activities. An exceptional case of the illegal trade of Shahtoosh scarfs in St. Moritz leads to searching for clues as far as Tibet and establishes a link with the dramatic situation of wildlife crimes in many countries on a global scale.
The goal of this study is to provide a mostly quantitative refurbishment of wildlife crimes in the Raethian border triangle. The issue of the impacts of the illegal hunting of wildlife populations remains in the foreground.
The collected information serves to explain the phenomenon of wildlife crimes and to show ways of improving the situation. Literature regarding wildlife crimes is very widespread in the Alps, concentrating mostly on cultural-historic aspects. Thus, the present publication provides a new perspective.
The first edition was published in 2016 in German - since February 2017, an Italian version is also available.
The International Conference that took place on the 16th-18th of May in Sölk, Sölktäler Nature Park (Styria, Austria) on "The Wolf in the alpine cultural landscape – chances and challenges" has gathered about 100 of participants. There has been some interesting debate and the subject was actively discussed in the presence of Marianne Elmi, Deputy Secretary General of the Alpine Convention.
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The event was co-organised by SÖLKTÄLER NATURE PARK and ALPARC.
On the occasion of the Day of the Alpine Convention, we invite you to the opening of photography exhibition "Obiettivo fauna nel parco naturale delle Prealpi Giulie" on Friday, May 26th 2017 at 18h at the Slovene Alpine Museum in Mojstrana (SI). The exhibition will present the work of Paolo Da Pozzo and Gabriele Bano.
The WeWild project (2016-2018) got well under way with the first workshop which was organised in Vorarlberg in March 2017. 16 stakeholders from six Alpine countries attended the two-day event, thereby underlining the interest in a common, Alpine-wide communication strategy regarding the behaviour of snow sports participants.
The fruitful workshop discussions helped the working group to identify the major needs regarding such a joint strategy and to reveal potential risks. It also allowed for the collection of ideas for objectives, actions and tools. Valuable input came from the stakeholder presentations on information campaigns and from Nils Westerfeld’s presentation on factors influencing eco-friendly behaviour from outdoor sports participants.
By now and based on these workshop results, ALPARC has started working on a joint communication strategy that will also frame the creation of joint communication tools. ALPARC will launch a joint Alps-wide initiative that will bring together protected areas as well as other key players and interested partners. The initiative’s mission is to educate and raise awareness of outdoor recreationists in the Alps using international cooperation, exchange and communication. Based on a positive, non-regulatory attitude, its aim is to gain momentum, increase visibility of existing campaigns and contribute to eco-friendly behaviour in snow and outdoor sports. The initiative will have its own identity and will be promoted via a website and a video clip which will be released in 2018. Our members, protected areas and other partners will be given the opportunity to join the initiative by signing a common mission statement.
The upcoming milestones in 2017 are the finalisation of the communication strategy, the creation of the graphical identity, video and website as well as the second WeWild workshop to be held in November 2017 in Aree Protette dell’Ossola (IT).
Interested protected areas and other organisations are openly invited to join our initiative and contribute to its development. For any inquiry, please contact Maša Klemenčič or Dominik Cremer-Schulte at the ALPARC office.
We are pleased to announce that the registration is now open for the international Conference and Exhibition: "The Wolf in the Alpine cultural landscape - chances and challenges".
The conference will take place from the 16th to the 18th of May 2017 in Sölk, Sölktäler Nature Park (Styria – Austria).
Please fill in the registration form attached and send it back to: firstname.lastname@example.org before the 2nd May 2017.
For further information on the Conference, please find attached the programme and practical information.
This event is co-organised by SÖLKTÄLER NATURE PARK with ALPARC.
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The first workshop of the WeWild project took place in Vorarlberg (Austria) last week, on March 23rd and 24th 2017. Attended by 18 participants from six countries, it offered two intense and productive days of exchange and brain-storming. The aim was to exchange on experiences of information and communication campaigns regarding wildlife disturbance in winter and to develop elements for a joint initiative of Alpine protected areas. The exchange highlighted valuable information and ideas for such common initiative.
The participants worked in groups to identify the main needs of a transnational communication strategy and discussed the design of first common tools in a session of round-tables. These tools, a website, a video-clip and a graphical identity will be developed and made available to all ALPARC members by January 2018.
The workshop included a short field trip, organized by the hosting Nagelfluhkette nature park, during which we saw and discussed different on-site information panels used on the Austrian and German sides of the border. The park staff explained their campaign “Your space of freedom – my living space”, which groups both German and Austrian information campaigns. Since 2008, the nature park brings together the southern part of Allgäu region in Germany and the region Bregenzerwald in Austria; it was the first trans-border nature park between the two countries. Alongside agriculture, tourism is one of the main economic activities, with 2,5 million overnight stays each year.
Nature park Adamello Brenta (ITA) invites you to an evening dedicated to the mountain fauna in the park. During the conference, students that have worked on the subject for their thesis will present the results of their research. The event will take place in the conference hall of Palazzo Lodron Bertelli in Caderzone Terme on Friday, March 24th at 20h30.
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„The Wolf in the alpine cultural landscape – chances and challenges”
(„Der Wolf in der alpinen Kulturlandschaft – Chancen und Herausforderungen“)
16 – 18 May 2017 in Sölk, Sölktäler Nature Park (Styria – Austria)
16th of May - Exhibition “The comeback of the wolf” in the castle of Großsölk
17th of May – Conference Day and public event
18th of May – Workshops and excursion
The meeting allows an exchange between experts of the alpine countries and the alpine protected areas concerning current experiences on the management of the wolf.
A detailed programme will follow soon.
Please reserve the date for your participation !