ALPARC Conference: “Alpine Nature Parks – Models for Change”

Thursday, 29 September 2016
  • Date 28-30 September 2016
  • Place Regional Nature Park Pfyn-Finges, Valais
  • Country Switzerland


“Alpine Nature Parks – Models for Change” is a conference for protected area staff, regional managers, and other actors and pioneers of Alpine regions who deal with or are interested in innovation in regional development. From September 28 to 30, the conference will provide the opportunity to exchange on innovative approaches and new ideas for regional development in Alpine rural areas. Which initiatives and projects can reconcile economic, social and ecological objectives, today and in the future, especially in parks?


The event wants to foster the exchange between Alpine regions and their actors, notably with regard to creative soultions. To the participants it should be an inspiration for economic and social change. Furthermore, the goal is to develop common tools for promoting change and innovation in these regions.


  • What are new approaches that are able to locally generate social and economic benefits?
  • How can sustainable regional development in a protected area be thought and be implemented?
  • How can social innovation and innovation capacity be strengthened in a rural region? And which should be the role of nature parks in this process?

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Programme & Registration

To ensure as many different exchanges as possible the event will be organised as a mix of plenary sessions and workshops. An important component will be the presentation of the results of the project InnovAlps, which will concentrate on the experiences and best practices of the pilot regions. Additionally, workshops for innovation and ideas will take place, where ideas and possibilities for future cooperation, to foster change and innovation in protected area regions, can be developed.


You find the detailed programme for download below (German, French and English). The conference language is German but translation to French and English is possible.

If you are interested in this event, please register by clicking on the button below (form in English language).




The InnovAlps project is part of the ALPARC thematic priority “regional development and quality of life”, which addresses directly the needs of rural areas in the Alps and their populations. The project is supported by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN.

You can find more information on the project here

ALPARC - The Alpine Network of Protected Areas

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