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
The YOUrALPS challenge continues. After the start of the pilot activities in September 2017 and further scientific investigation on framework conditions for the development of the Alpine School model, the next step implies the involvement of political stakeholders in the context of the so-called infodays.
With the start of the pilot site activities since September 2017, the bottom-up development of the Alpine School model has been launched: Pilot schools and associated protected areas are aiming at integrating non-formal learning approaches in the teaching of young people either in class or outdoors. In this context the practical experience of non-formal educators enriches the nature experience and will strengthen ties between youngsters and their natural environment.
At the same time a scientific analysis on the framework conditions in all the five Alpine partner countries has been carried out. At the heart of the theoretical approach remains the UNESCO concept of education for sustainable development and its interpretation by every partner country. In this way light is shed on innovative aspects for a multifaceted and interdependent approach to learning.
Hence, in spring 2018, the time will be ripe for presenting these insights to political stakeholders over the whole Alpine territory. Infodays on the project will be held in Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and France, with the goal of mobilizing political influencers and decision takers for the aims of the YOUrALPS project. It is at the political level that willingness to cooperate has to be established and an agreement has to be found to integrate the idea of the Alpine School model into formal school curricula. It is an ambitious goal and there is still a long way to go, but the infodays will be the first step on that way, calling on political stakeholders to take notice and take action.
ALPARC is lead partner for YOUrALPS and responsible for technical and financial management and the coordination of project partners’ activities. Moreover, the network is responsible for the project’s communication activities.
YOUrALPS is an Interreg Alpine Space project and lasts from November 2016 to October 2019. It is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme.
For further information about the project, please visit the YOUrALPS website.
The registration for the 1st Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) is now open! The event, taking place on 23-24 November 2017 at BMW World in Munich, is jointly organised by Bavaria (current Presidency of the EUSALP) and the European Commission (Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy).
The YOUrALPS summer school carried the flag of empowering teachers and educators in order to start the test phase of pilot actions in the winter semester 2017/18. New pedagogical approaches, practical excursions and participatory activities provided inspiration and concrete instruments with regard to a first structure of an innovative school model – the Alpine School.
From August 28th to August 31st representatives from all project pilot sites met in Naklo, Slovenia to participate in the elaboration of a framework for the Alpine School model. In this way 45 participants from France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and Germany spent four productive days together, actively engaging in discussions and fruitful exchanges concerning expectations, goals and respective approaches. In the course of the four days, the pilot sites were trained on the pedagogical approach of nature interpretation with the aim of giving young people the possibility to explore by themselves and foster individual learning. Moreover, the crucial importance of protected areas in backing mountain-oriented education was underlined, placing emphasis on several activities already in place, promoting the connection of the young generation to their living environment.
With the beginning of the winter semester 2017/18, pilot sites will start their actions for the first test phase until January 2018. Consequently, all activities will be evaluated according to specific Alpine School criteria and recommendations will be given in order to improve them for the second test phase during the summer semester 2018. The Alpine School model will be further developed and complemented by guidelines, toolkit and a certification charter such that at the end of 2019 it will ready for implementation.
The project YOUrALPS
The project YOUrALPS brings together 12 partners and 25 observers from 5 different Alpine regions and sectors. Alparc - Alpine Network for Protected Areas is lead partner and responsible for the work packages management and communication.
YOUrALPS is cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) via the Interreg Alpine Space Programme. Hence, the requirements of the Alpine Space Programme are strictly applied.
Have a look at the status quo analysis report on Mountain oriented Education here
For more information on the project see: www.alpine-space.eu/projects/youralps/en/home
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.
For further information, please click on this link.
The event was co-organised by SÖLKTÄLER NATURE PARK and ALPARC.
Young people (14-25 years old) tend to leave peripheral Alpine regions due to the lack of personal and professional fulfilment, in particular regarding education and job opportunities as well as social integration. The majority of decision- and policy-makers lack awareness of the needs of young people as well as tools to better integrate them in urban and rural societies.
During the first period of the GaYA project (Governance and Youth in the Alps), ALPARC and the project consortium collected data on democratic and participatory processes across the Alps which particularly focus on youth. The aim is to highlight the best practices of youth participation in a comparative study, which is led by Eurac Research. The results will be officially presented at the international workshop “Democratic Participation in Political Decision-Making: The Involvement of Young Adults in the Alpine Region”, to be held on June 29th 2017 (9.30 am -5.00pm) at Eurac Research in Bolzano (IT).
Regarding the pilot stage following this preliminary study, the pilot site selection process is about to conclude. Overall, the project will implement trainings and pilot actions in 12 pilot sites, i.e. cities, municipalities and regions, in order to spread and exchange knowledge and encourage participation by the younger generations in democratic processes. ALPARC is work package leader in the pilot stage (End 2017-2018).
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).
For further information, please visit the GaYA website.
It’s a full-time job for the 12 project partners of the Interreg Alpine Space Project YOUrALPS – Educating youth for the Alps: (re)connecting Youth and Mountain heritage for an inspiring future in the Alps. (2016- 2019).
Since the official launch of the project, which took place during the Kick-off Meeting (January 2017 – Chambéry, France), each work package leader and project partner has been fully involved in structuring project activities to foster and strengthen the Alpine mountain-oriented education sector via concrete international cooperation.
On the one hand the project consortium is laying the foundation for structuring an international network of formal and non-formal education actors under the coordination of the French Network Educ’Alpes. A joint database and web-platform will be the central tool supporting exchanges between stakeholders. The first version of the web-platform will be available by the end of the year.
On the other hand the Innsbruck University Department of Geography is leading the research to gather innovative practices in Mountain-Oriented Education in order to provide an overview of the status quo of existing Mountain-Oriented Education practices in the Alpine countries. A first report of the “Good practices” has been concluded by the VNO and is available on the YOUrALPS website. In this frame, to identify success factors as well as challenges of “Mountain-Oriented Education”, an Alpine-wide survey addressed to young people has been circulated. We invite all of you to invite young Alpine inhabitants to take part in the survey.
Moreover, 12 YOUrALPS’ pilot sites from all the Alpine countries have been selected. The pilot sites, a tandem of a school with a protected area, will work jointly during the 2017- 2018 school year in order to provide young people with opportunities to develop their awareness of and sensitivity to the Alpine natural and cultural heritage.
The project consortium will meet in Ljubljana (12- 13 June 2017) for the Project Steering Group Meeting. A “Summer School” addressed to educators & teachers will take place in Slovenia from 28th to 31st August 2017 and will be hosted by the project partner BC Naclo High school.
ALPARC is project leader for YOUrALPS. The Network is responsible for technical and financial management and coordination of project partners’ activities. ALPARC is also responsible for the project communication activities. YOUrALPS lasts from November 2016 to October 2019 and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme (Total budget: 2.001.017, 40 € - ERDF grant: 1.615.864, 77 EUR).
• For further information about the project, please visit the YOUrALPS web site.
Letizia Arneodo Letizia.email@example.com
Veronika Widmann firstname.lastname@example.org
• For further information about the survey please contact:
Attn: Maximilian Riede Maximilian.Riede@uibk.ac.at Universität Innsbruck - Institut für Geographie
In the frame of the Interreg Alpine Space projet “GaYA - Governance and Youth in the Alps” a conference
“Democratic Participation at Political Decision-Making: The Involvement of Young Adults in the Alpine Region”
will take place on Thursday, 29th June 2017 (9.30-17.00) at EURAC research , Bolzano/Bozen, Italy.
The final programme and the registration form will be available soon.
For further information please contact EURAC research at greta.klotz[@]eurac.edu
Ecological connectivity is the basis of Alpine and global habitat and species protection. However, with the fact of different regions having different tools to measure and improve biodiversity, it becomes a main issue to realize an integrative concept for the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity within the Alps, a beautiful and unique European landscape rich in valuable habitats and structures, but endangered by over-exploitation and development. The overall objective is to consolidate and enhance transnational cooperation in the field of nature conservation while providing a harmonized concept of preserving natural habitats and common planning tools to realize a high level of ecological connectivity for biodiversity conservation.
ALPBIONET2030 aims to implement:
- A coherent and complementary Alps-wide system of Strategic Alpine Connectivity Areas (SACA), reflecting the valuable and potential areas for ecological connectivity, defined at large scale and implemented at the level of Ecological Connectivity Pilot Regions (in cooperation with the Alpine Convention)
- An integrated wildlife management for the Alps and an increased level of defragmentation in sectoral policies (hunting, forestry, agriculture, tourism, spatial development, etc.)
A new momentum comes in by the EUSALP, the new EU macro-metropolitan areas. The exchange between relevant Action Groups (in particular 6 & 7), will support a cross-cutting exchange between the Alpine convention and the EUSALP perimeter with their respective key players.
ALPBIONET2030 lasts from November 2016 to October 2019 and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme (Total budget: 2.637.285 € - ERDF grant: 2.241.639 €).
Project main outputs
- Multi-stakeholder cross-border concept for integrated wildlife management in the Alps
- Alps-wide integrative concept by mapping Alpine situation; integrating first Alps-wide wildlife strategy & recommendation for implementation. Basis for a common Alpine biodiversity conservation approach
- Identification of most important barriers around the Alps (of different categories) & Ecological Connectivity pathways between EUSALP perimeter & Alps. Recommendations for large scale implementation of Ecological Connectivity in EUSALP (AG 6 & 7)
- Alps-wide toolbox with concepts, documentation & technical recommendations for strengthening Ecological Connectivity by a user friendly interface Alpine GIS system (as a standard connectivity planning tool, based on JECAMI)
- Alpine conflict resolution strategy and coexistence toolbox
Project specific objectives
- Provide standardised cross-cutting institutional procedure for Alps-wide EC coordination and planning across all Alpine states (EUSALP perimeter)
- Create a new and enhanced understanding of spatial cooperation for Biodiversity and Ecological Connectivity among the Alpine countries with SACA and transnational wildlife strategy elaboration
- Define priorities and contribute to implementing existing planning criteria for Ecological Connectivity between the Alps and the EUSALP space
Please find more information on: www.alpbionet2030.eu
Contact ALPARC: Yann Kohler yann.kohler[@]alparc.org
Contact ALPBIONET2030: info[@]alpbionet2030.eu
In the frame of Interreg Alpine Space programme, the forum will include workshops on how to identify Alpine challenges and how to initiate and develop projects on an international scale with the help of digital tools. The event will be attended by the representatives of EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP). For more information, go to: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/newsroom/events/2017/03/meet-match-forum-together-we-move-mountains.