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On the occasion of the Day of the Alpine Convention, we invite you to the opening of photography exhibition "Obiettivo fauna nel parco naturale delle Prealpi Giulie" on Friday, May 26th 2017 at 18h at the Slovene Alpine Museum in Mojstrana (SI). The exhibition will present the work of Paolo Da Pozzo and Gabriele Bano.

 

The WeWild project (2016-2018) got well under way with the first workshop which was organised in Vorarlberg in March 2017. 16 stakeholders from six Alpine countries attended the two-day event, thereby underlining the interest in a common, Alpine-wide communication strategy regarding the behaviour of snow sports participants.

The fruitful workshop discussions helped the working group to identify the major needs regarding such a joint strategy and to reveal potential risks. It also allowed for the collection of ideas for objectives, actions and tools. Valuable input came from the stakeholder presentations on information campaigns and from Nils Westerfeld’s presentation on factors influencing eco-friendly behaviour from outdoor sports participants.

By now and based on these workshop results, ALPARC has started working on a joint communication strategy that will also frame the creation of joint communication tools. ALPARC will launch a joint Alps-wide initiative that will bring together protected areas as well as other key players and interested partners. The initiative’s mission is to educate and raise awareness of outdoor recreationists in the Alps using international cooperation, exchange and communication. Based on a positive, non-regulatory attitude, its aim is to gain momentum, increase visibility of existing campaigns and contribute to eco-friendly behaviour in snow and outdoor sports. The initiative will have its own identity and will be promoted via a website and a video clip which will be released in 2018. Our members, protected areas and other partners will be given the opportunity to join the initiative by signing a common mission statement.

The upcoming milestones in 2017 are the finalisation of the communication strategy, the creation of the graphical identity, video and website as well as the second WeWild workshop to be held in November 2017 in Aree Protette dell’Ossola (IT).

Interested protected areas and other organisations are openly invited to join our initiative and contribute to its development. For any inquiry, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the ALPARC office.

The beginning of the year was composed of numerous meetings for the ALPBIONET2030 project partners: a partners’ meeting in the Kalkalpen National Park, one of the project working regions, bi- or plurilateral meetings to coordinate the work of the individual Work Packages and an experts’ workshop to define the guideline to re-design the connectivity-mapping-tool JECAMI.

Mapping the results of the project was the central issue of many discussions during this time. The partners now agreed on a methodology and defined the adapted indicators to analyse, identify and map the Strategic Alpine Connectivity Areas (SACA), one of the key objectives of the project.

First data collection, analysis and mapping activities were also carried out concerning the wildlife management approaches of the different Alpine countries and regions.

Finally, a first round of surveys was launched in order to identify the main human-wildlife conflicts also linked to connectivity issues amongst different Alpine stakeholders. A further survey targeting a younger public of students is currently being developed.

The project homepage is now online and offers an interesting overview of the project activities and the advancement of the work: http://www.alpine-space.eu/projects/alpbionet2030/en/home. In addition to the project factsheet (in all Alpine languages) and a poster, a project flyer summarising the main project information will be available soon.

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Project Summary

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 Conservation 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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We are pleased to announce that the registration is now open for the international Conference and Exhibition: "The Wolf in the Alpine cultural landscape -  chances and challenges". 

The conference will take place from the 16th to the 18th of May 2017 in Sölk, Sölktäler Nature Park (Styria – Austria).

Please fill in the registration form attached and send it back to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the 2nd May 2017.

 

 

For further information on the Conference, please find attached the programme and practical information.

 

This event is co-organised by SÖLKTÄLER NATURE PARK with ALPARC.

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With the financial support of:

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The first workshop of the WeWild project took place in Vorarlberg (Austria) last week, on March 23rd and 24th 2017. Attended by 18 participants from six countries, it offered two intense and productive days of exchange and brain-storming. The aim was to exchange on experiences of information and communication campaigns regarding wildlife disturbance in winter and to develop elements for a joint initiative of Alpine protected areas. The exchange highlighted valuable information and ideas for such common initiative.

The participants worked in groups to identify the main needs of a transnational communication strategy and discussed the design of first common tools in a session of round-tables. These tools, a website, a video-clip and a graphical identity will be developed and made available to all ALPARC members by January 2018.

The workshop included a short field trip, organized by the hosting Nagelfluhkette nature park, during which we saw and discussed different on-site information panels used on the Austrian and German sides of the border. The park staff explained their campaign “Your space of freedom – my living space”, which groups both German and Austrian information campaigns. Since 2008, the nature park brings together the southern part of Allgäu region in Germany and the region Bregenzerwald in Austria; it was the first trans-border nature park between the two countries. Alongside agriculture, tourism is one of the main economic activities, with 2,5 million overnight stays each year.

Save the date!

„The Wolf in the alpine cultural landscape – chances and challenges”


(„Der Wolf in der alpinen Kulturlandschaft – Chancen und Herausforderungen“)


16 – 18 May 2017 in Sölk, Sölktäler Nature Park (Styria – Austria)


16th of May - Exhibition “The comeback of the wolf” in the castle of Großsölk
17th of May – Conference Day and public event
18th of May – Workshops and excursion


The meeting allows an exchange between experts of the alpine countries and the alpine protected areas concerning current experiences on the management of the wolf.

A detailed programme will follow soon.

Please reserve the date for your participation !

 

 


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Following an international seminar held in March 2016, the operational unit of ALPARC has been coordinating the drafting of a common strategy and awareness-raising tools to reduce impact on wildlife in the Alps.


The year 2016 has been marked by the launch of a working group within the ALPARC network covering the handling of mountain sports and outdoor activities in winter. On 3 and 4 March, an international seminar in the Massif des Bauges Natural Park brought together over 45 participants from different sectors and from throughout the Alps. They stressed the fundamental need to share methods and experiences and develop a common approach at an Alps-wide level.


A common communication strategy for large protected areas and beyond


A first step in this direction is the We respect Alpine Wildlife (WeWild) project coordinated by the operational unit of ALPARC. Over the next two years (2017-2018), this project aims to strengthen the links between the various initiatives at an Alpine level. Based on a collaborative approach with two workshops in 2017 and with a final conference in 2018, the project aims to develop a common communication strategy. It will provide the first tools for raising awareness, which will then be made available to a multitude of stakeholders in the Alps. Among these will be a website, which will also serve as a resource centre, and a “teaser” video clip drawing attention to the theme. WeWild will recruit members of the ALPARC working group – including several Alpine protected areas – as well as new players such as businesses in the “outdoor” sector.


Background information


Today, mountain sports and outdoor activities in winter are changing dramatically. Experts note an expansion of these activities in terms of time (throughout winter, all day) and space. Studies show that this shift has significant and detrimental effects on Alpine fauna, which is particularly vulnerable during the winter months. This problem requires a greater awareness among practitioners of these activities and among visitors to sensitive sites in order to enable a coexistence between man and wildlife.


The WeWild project has been selected as part of Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment's (BMUB) call for projects in 2016 with regard to special “environmental protection” postage stamps. Every two years, the Ministry supports projects proposed by environmental associations through the sale of a special postage stamp. As part of the German Presidency of the Alpine Convention 2015-2016, the 2016 edition of the stamp is called “The Alps – Diversity in Europe”.

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ALPBIONET2030 – project launch

ALPBIONET2030 project will enable ALPARC and the 14 other partners to refine the work already achieved on alpine ecological connectivity in these past years. The project objectives include the drawing up of strategic areas maps in and around the Alpine region (Strategic Alpine Connectivity Areas – SACA), the development of a strategy of wild fauna management in cooperation with various actors and a deepen work on mediation tools in order to answer to conflicts which could appear during the implementation of ecological network.


The project was officially launched at the occasion of the Kick off meeting in Vienna (Austria), the 1st and 2nd of last December. This event has gathered the project partners, numerous observers and different personality from alpine institutions.  Thus, the General Secretary of the alpine Convention Mr. Markus Reiterer, the German focal point for alpine Convention, Mrs. Silvia Reppe, the President of the Ecological Network Platform of the alpine Convention, Mr. Thierry Boisseaux, among others, discussed about the importance of this project in an alpine and macro-regional context.


The recent publication « Alpine Nature 2030 – Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come » has marked the completion of an important preparation work, which pass now to a more operational phase, particularly through ALPBIONET2030 project. Protected areas from ALPARC network, which are present among partners, will play a key role in these activities, especially as pilot territories for the project results implementation.