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Thursday, 10 November 2016 15:29

3 New Interreg Alpine Space Projects for ALPARC

We are happy to announce that 3 project proposals put forward this year at the second call for projects in the EU Interreg –Alpine Space Programme have been selected. They are the YOUrALPS and ALPBIONET2030 projects, led by ALPARC, and the GaYA project, in which ALPARC is a partner and responsible for a Workpackage.

YOUrALPS - Educating Youth for the Alps: (re)connecting Youth and Mountain heritage for an inspiring future in the Alps (2016-2019)
ALPARC and their 12 partners are taking up the challenge involved in reinforcing mountain education and making young people more aware of the natural heritage and culture of the Alps in a durable way. Starting by structuring a network of education players in the Alps, the aim is to bring closer together the sectors of formal education (schools) and non-formal education (education players in the mountains, such as, for example, the protected areas), by promoting the inclusion of mountain environment education in educational programmes via the concept of an “Alpine School” which will be tested in many pilot sites. The project plans for active participation from both political decision makers and young inhabitants of the Alps.

GaYA - Governance and Youth in the Alps (2016-2018)
The project leader Agenzia di Sviluppo GAL Genovese/Italy and its  7 partners , among which  ALPARC  and the  Massif des Bauges Nature Park, will unite their forces and skills during a period of 2 years in order to develop the governance of young people in the Alpine space .They will be supported by different pilot sites, both urban and rural , with the participation of groups of young people , in order to contribute to reinforcing the capacities of political decision-makers to involve the young, as citizens,  in the decision making process.

These two projects confirm the importance and the potential of our thematic Pole devoted to mountain environment Education and young people. Even if it is technically not possible to involve all our members in such projects, either as partners or observers, we will take care to inform them and see that they benefit from the actions and results of these projects. This will be especially true for those taking part in our “Mountain Environment Education” workshop.

ALPBIONET2030 - Integrative Alpine Wildlife and Habitat Management for the Next Generation, (2016-2019) 
ALPARC and their 14 partners are working together on ecological connectivity in the Alps and with the new Alpine Macro-region. The aim of this project is to improve on the already substantial work carried out on this theme in the past few years, notably by proposing a mapping of the areas strategic to connectivity in and around the Alpine arc, by developing a strategy for managing wildlife in tandem with various players and by working on mediation tools to respond to conflicts which may arise at the implementation of ecological networks.

We are happy to be starting work right away with all the partners and observers of each project.  To find out more pending the setting up of Internet sites devoted to each project, you can see the presentation of the successful projects on the  Alpine Space programme page.

National Parks Austria ( and Hohe Tauern National Park ( are pleased to announce the 6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas, 2nd – 4th of November 2017.

The symposium will be held at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Salzburg, Austria. The Call for Themed Sessions is now open: please enter your suggestions for themed sessions before 31 October 2016 online on

At this symposium researchers, protected areas managers, as well as individuals from government, business, non-governmental organizations and the general public, who are interested in protected areas, may present and discuss topics which are highly significant for protected areas and are currently taken up by research. The manifold aspects of the interrelation between protection aims, protected area management and the impacts on nature, society and the regional economy in times of transition form the general thematic base of this international conference, held every four years since 1996.

Six of Austria’s most ecologically valuable regions have been designated as national parks. They reflect the great diversity of this Central European country: high mountains, forests, water and riparian marshes, and steppes. Austria is part of two biogeographic regions: the alpine and the continental, and most of the Austrian national parks are part of two important regional networks for protected areas: ALPARC and DanubePARKS. In close cooperation with these regional networks, and supported by scientific institutions, we are looking for entries across the entire geographic region from the Western Alps to the Danube Delta.

2-stage Call
In order to identify current issues of relevance for both research and protected areas, the organizers of the Symposium invite all interested individuals, institutions, protected areas, networks and initiatives to propose topics and contributions to this event in two stages: First, we are asking you now to propose session topics. Second, in early 2017 you will be invited to submit presentations for the definitive themed sessions. The conference programme will be finalized by the end of June 2017.

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Call for Themed Sessions
First, please suggest topics for themed sessions. A themed session can be organized as a series of presentations, as a workshop or as a chaired discussion and will last 1.5 hours (or 2x1.5 hours).

Please enter your suggestions for themed sessions no later than 31 October 2016 online on

All proposals to be written in English.

Following a review, the organizers will decide on definitive themed sessions by 12 December 2016.
We welcome research topics from all disciplines and basic or applied research relevant for protected areas. We are looking especially for proposals of:
 •    sessions with a clear link to highly significant topics for protected areas and/or management practices
 •    session themes addressing current research or innovative approaches
 •    sessions that promise contributions from different countries (i.e. not park- or country-specific)
 •   sessions focusing on current research approaches to wilderness and wilderness areas in Europe, on one or more aspects like natural processes, global change, threats, visitors, education or   governance


Please note:
Conference language will be English.
There will be no refunding of costs for travelling, accommodation and meals that are not included in the conference. We are unable to award grants.

We are looking forward to receiving your proposals of themed sessions for the 6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas 2017 in Salzburg!

Many thanks in advance!

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Published in News from the Alps

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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You can order the publication at :



"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