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The international conference of LabEx ITEM " Mountain regions, territories of innovation" will be held in the City Territory - Université de Grenoble-Alpes, Grenoble, France, from 11 to 13 January 2017.

The aim of this project is to conduct a social, economic and cultural analysis of innovation in Mountain Territories. A lot of issues will be debated, such as : What role in innovation at the local and regional levels (and their links)? Which meanings and visions of the mountain are at issue in the light of change? And what kind of territories emerge from these transitions?

More information and registration :

Thursday, 13 October 2016 15:40

Alpine Nature 2030 - publication

Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come


The book Page Titre Nature2030"Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come" is published by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and  Nuclear Safety (BMUB). 
The Federal Ministry for the Environment considers the creation of an ecological network in Europe to be crucial for achieving a global network of protected areas as envisaged in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In this context, the spatial connectivity of protected areas and transboundary protected areas plays an important role in the implementation of the Alpine Convention. Article 12 of the Nature Protection and Landscape Conservation Protocol of the Alpine Convention envisages the creation of an ecological network.

The publication has been published in partnership with ALPARC, the University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna and Blue! .


This publication is available as e-paper .

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"Life needs connectivity- Three love stories" - 3 video clips

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Ecological connectivity is needed on land, under water and in the air to safeguard biodiversity for future generations.

The three video clips "Life needs connectivity.Three love stories" are made by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation,  Building and  Nuclear Safety (Germany ) in partnership with ALPARC, University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna and Blue! in the frame of the work of the publication " Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come " . 

Video produced by MischiefVisit. 

Visit our Youtube page and have a look at these 3 video clips!



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The next Workshop “Mountain Environmental Education in the Alpine Protected Areas” will take place on 18th and 19th October 2016 at the Mercantour National Park/France. As usual, it is a 2-days work meeting addressed to staff of Alpine Protected Areas in charge of education.

Please find below the programme description and some practical information.

Registration is closed since September the 15th.




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Published in Events of ALPARC
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 02:00

The network is 20

Alparc is celebrating its 20th birthday. Since 1995, the network has been opening doors for exchange, recognition and joint activities among the protected areas in the Alps. Staff members of protected areas have found each other across cultural, linguistic and legislative borders. Not only did they live in the same mountain range, they also recognized their similar ambitions and concerns.

During the past 20 years, Alparc has realized many successful projects and created numerous opportunities for protected area staff members to learn from and inspire each other. This is something we can be proud of.

Therefore, the year 2015 is a year of celebrations and festive activities, among which a land art photo contest and the first edition of the international Youth at the Top event. We will also take the opportunity to think about the role of the Alpine protected areas today and in the future, and come together to establish a shared vision for the years to come.

We look forward to sharing experiences, forming new friendships, joining strengths and realizing new projects together for the Alps.


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Events during the celebration year

22 January 2015 20th edition of the Danilo Re Memorial
23 January 2015 ALPARC General Assembly
23-24 April 2015 ALPARC council meeting
25-26 June 2015 Research symposium "Interface between science and mountain protected areas: The role of scientific councils"
16 July 2015 First edition of "Youth at the Top" event
July - December 2015 Land Art Photo Contest: "Reconnecting people, mountains and nature"
13 October 2015 Workshop "Alpine protected areas 2030: A shared vision for the future"
14 October 2015 ALPARC council meeting
3-4 March 2016 Workshop about winter sports and fauna




The alpine Pilot Regions for ecological connectivity stay among the working priorities of the Platform “Ecological Network” of the Alpine Convention.
After the nomination of a new transboundary pilot region between Italy and Slovenia at the last Alpine Conference in November 2014 in Torino, the Platform “Ecological Network” of the Alpine Convention underlined its determination to work in close cooperation with the existing pilot regions  and to support the nomination of new pilot regions.

The German-French presidency of the Platform under the chair of Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst (BfN) has proposed a series of activities to implement the mandate of the working group: the cooperation with other Platforms of the Alpine Convention, an active participation in the work done for the alpine macro regional strategy (EUSALP) as well as a strong support to the development of new European projects on the topic of ecological connectivity.

The Platform Ecological network is also involved in the European effort of establishing “green infrastructure” participating and contributing to the Working Group “Green Infrastructure and Restoration” and by presenting the alpine activities to a European public at the upcoming Green Week that takes place in Brussels in June 2015.

Web pages:
Page of the EU Commission on green infrastructure:
Platform “Ecological Network “of the Alpine Convention:

The two year greenAlps project (2013-2014), financed by the EU Alpine Space programme enters at the final phase.
The analysis of the results from former Alpine Space projects linked to the topic of biodiversity, a review of European environmental policies, interviews with stakeholders in the pilot areas and during international workshops and further project activities, have enabled the project partners to start identifying and picturing important conclusions to improve biodiversity conservation in the Alps.

A series of recommendations for policy makers is currently formulated, for example the fact that the principal focus within the EU and its Member States is still on (“green”) economic growth and the value of ecosystem services is in this context under-appreciated. The project partners state that Ecosystem services-based approaches could offer new impulses, but to be accepted they need to offer local stakeholders direct economic benefits. Furthermore the project proved again that the work with pilot regions is essential to better understand and integrate issues coming from the ground and to develop tools or procedures responding to concrete problems. 

A complete overview about the project results will be given at the greenAlps final conference that will take place in Chambéry (France) from 13th to 15th October 2014.
The project reports will be available by the end of the year. They will also include some suggestions to the Alpine Space Program authorities on how to improve the positive impact of European projects on biodiversity conservation.

Take part in the greenAlps final conference from 13 – 15 October 2014 in Chambéry / France!
Deadline for registration is the 30th September 2014.
Download the programme and fill the registration form online


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Le projet Territoires à énergie positive Alpins (TEPos Alpins) mené par CIPRA France, vise à mettre en réseau des territoires de montagne faiblement dotés en moyens humains, techniques et financiers avec des territoires déjà engagés dans la transition énergétique. Les objectifs sont d’impulser une réflexion énergétique chez les TEPos Alpins et de leur apporter un appui sur les questions qui les préoccupent en matière énergétique.

Six territoires aux caractéristiques variées sont désormais dans le projet (quelques autres sont encore en réflexion). Il s’agit de la commune de Sausses (04), la communauté de communes du Pays des Ecrins (05), la communauté de communes Haute Maurienne Vanoise (73), l’Assemblée du Pays Tarentaise Vanoise (73), le Pays Asses, Verdon, Vaïre, Var (04) et le parc naturel régional des Préalpes d’Azur (06).

CIPRA France ira à leur rencontre afin d’identifier les freins auxquels ils sont confrontés pour mettre en place des actions sur leur territoire. Un voyage d’étude se déroulera dans les Bauges en septembre, où les TEPos Alpins pourront bénéficier de retours d’expériences ainsi que visualiser des réalisations de production d’énergies renouvelables et des actions de réduction des consommations énergétiques.

Article publié sur par CIPRA France