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Wednesday, 07 December 2011

Excursion Vorarlberg 2011

Excursion Vorarlberg 2011
Local anchoring of actions The triple crisis - ecologically, economically and socially - running through our society, causes concrete utopias, which overtake dreams and speeches to anchor in the action. The field trip «eco-responsible constructions» organised by Alparc and CIPRA from 2 to 4 November to the alpine region on…
New tasks ahead: Mountain protected areas in Europe must seek for an active role in regional development
 During an international workshop held in the Chartreuse Regional Park (France) from 13-15 October 2011, more than 30 experts from science and parks management across Europe discussed the role of mountain protected areas in regional development. The discussion was based on the input of selected experts from Germany, Switzerland, Norway…
ECONNECT: from ecological islands to ecological networks in the Alps
 Under the umbrella of the ECONNECT project , during three years, 16 international partners worked towards extending and protecting the Alpine ecological network. The results of their work were presented in Berchtesgaden, Germany, from 26th to 28th September 2011. Ecological connectivity, namely the way how habitats are physically connected and…
CIME_1 – Management measures of protected areas: a catalogue to top all off!
  The subject is of great topical interest: how can we assure a larger effectiveness of the alpine protected areas’ management measures? How can we monitor the effectiveness during the time?An increasing number of protection authorities as ministries and local communities request to protected areas managers a veritable evaluation, in…
Renewable energies in Alpine protected areas: Conflicting interests and the need for action in the view of protected areas
 Based on interviews with 21 alpine protected areas, the report “Renewable energies in Alpine protected areas” shows the conflicts between the protection and the use regarding the production of renewable energies as well as possible strategies. The study has been elaborated by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences (SAS)…
ECONNECT enters the final straight
 After two and half years of working on the ECONNECT project, innumerable meetings with local stakeholders, project partners and experts, and the long and complex process of developing a methodology, mapping and planning the activities, the project is entering the final phase: implementing the connectivity measures. The pilot regions have…
Climate & Education: take part in a participative project with your park
What is Phénoclim? Since 2004, the Alpine Ecosystems Research Center (CREA) is running the Phenoclim project, aiming at measuring the effects of climate change on alpine plants phenology. Within the scope of participatory science, Phenoclim is both a scientific and educational program involving various publics (schools, associations, individuals, protected areas)…
The ALPARC (Alpine Network of Protected Areas) Large carnivores working group was created during the ALPARC Conference in Belluno in 1999. Over the course of various thematic meetings, the group has taken shape, defining objectives and practical activities to be undertaken. The group has worked incredibly hard, notably on preserving large carnivores in the Alps; providing accurate biological and demographic information about bears, wolves and lynx; investigating strategies that can promote the social, economic and cultural conditions that will allow humans and these three species to coexist; experimenting with solutions that can be used to resolve conflicts, and establishing a…
 In 2009 the ALPARC “Joint Communication and Environmental Education ” working group initiated the project to create a new and attractive joint communication tool for the visitor centres of the protected areas. This project can at last become reality in 2011 thanks to the financial and concrete investment (several hundred…
Those Responsible for Education about the Environment Motivated for Transalpine Cooperation
“The first time I took part in exchanges with the REEMA was at the workshop organised in Zernez during the Alparc meeting. I saw men and women responsible for education on the environment in the protected areas of the Alpine massif. They were gathered around a table and on that…