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Mercoledì, 11 Settembre 2019 09:04

Final Event Destination Parks

The final event of Destination Parks will take place on September 11, 2019 in Bern Switzerland.

The results of the projects will be presented along with some outstanding good practice examples, before exploring further ways to move ahead on the development of a common alpine strategy on the future development and promotion of sustainable toursim in protected areas.

Please find the programme here.

Pubblicato in Gli eventi di ALPARC
Martedì, 30 Luglio 2019 12:27

The Double Nature of Protected Areas

In their most recent editions, eco-mont wrote two interesting editorials on the mission of Protected Areas (PAs).

The general trend regarding PAs administration is to favor touristic and local development over preservation, education and research – PAs core mission.

With his 30 years of experience as a coordinator for the Research Council of the Swiss National Park, Thomas Scheurer explains that three factors are pushing PAs to invest in image building, branding, touristic offers and facilities:

  • A change in social demand. Today’s PAs are expected to be a resource for local and touristic development.
  • Economic development is preferred to nature conservation since it is dynamic and based on new technologies, giving an image of progress whereas conservation is seen as being static and only produces results on the long term.
  • PAs tend to build a strong institutional presence in order to successfully interact with the governance system they are part of and, in particular, with municipalities and provinces.

The author finds two particularly simple and effective solutions: putting a limit (fixed percentage) on funds for institutional investments and separating management conservation from nature marketing management.

Eco-mont’s latest edition opens with an editorial by Herbert Wölger, the Managing Director of Gesäuse National Park. The author tries to address the matter from the perspective of PA managers and underlines that all managers should respect their core mission of conservation and, at the same time, contribute to regional development. However, he acknowledges the existence of a major problem: “We receive applause for short-term economic development but little recognition for long-term ecological conservation.”

PAs have one major challenge - gather long-term funding for long-term results in nature conservation.  If European instruments like LIFE program allow PAs to start pursuing their core mission, their limited duration still constitutes a major obstacle in the long run.

The editorial ends with some examples of nature conservation measures that can benefit PAs.

This is an invitation to develop new and innovative ways to find a conciliation between economic development and nature conservation by exploiting the first to enhance the second.

We invite you to read the full articles at the following links:

http://www.austriaca.at/0xc1aa5576_0x003abf00.pdf
http://www.austriaca.at/0xc1aa5576_0x003a2b4d.pdf

The Natura 2000 network is the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world. It was established in 1992 with the Habitats Directive. Ensuring effective management of individual Natura 2000 sites remains a challenge in most EU countries which hinders the full implementation of the Nature Directives. 

 

 

What are the Core Competencies that Nature 2000 and Protected Area Managers should have?

The LIFE e-Natura2000.edu project tries to answer to this question in its Technical Report.

Starting from the analysis of the ‘Fitness Check’ of Birds and Habitats Directives, some critical issues have been identified in their implementation. More specifically, to ameliorate Natura 2000 management in its practical dimension, improvements in the following areas are required:

  • management planning,
  • provision of more and better information,
  • increased guidance, more integration and joined-up delivery with other policies,
  • increased awareness and involvement of stakeholders.

Specifically, it is fundamental to keep a strong connection between all Natura 2000 sites, without forgetting their specific context and needs.

Identification and Assessment of Competencies for Management of Natura 2000

This is the title of the Report that constitutes the first activity of the LIFE e-Natura2000.edu project. It is the result of the findings of a technical workshop in which the project team and invited experts analysed the IUCN Global Register of Competencies for Protected Area Practitioners.

Its structure:

  1. An analysis of functions required to be performed by site managers for the efficient implementation of Natura 2000, based on the results of the Fitness Check of the Nature Directives (2016) and on the Nature Directives’ legal requirements;
  2. A methodological framework for the development of a coherent, competence-based approach to capacity building for Natura 2000 site management;
  3. A defined list of key competencies identified as being particularly relevant for Natura 2000 site managers across Europe, which lies in the fields of communication and collaboration, awareness and education and biodiversity conservation practices.

Building capacities for Nature 2000 Site Managers

The project also aims at offering 3 blended-learning opportunities for Natura 2000 & Protected Area Managers in 2020 to enhance management practices in the protection of nature, with the support of e-learning and other innovative tools. The call to participate will open at the end of 2019.

Pubblicato in Notizie delle Alpi

The Parco Naturale Prealpi Giulie is now recognized by UNESCO as a new Biosphere Reserve. Biosphere Reserves are designated by national governments and then recognized by UNESCO under its Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme, which promotes sustainable development. Earlier this month, the MAB gave the park the status of a Biosphere Reserve, acknowledging the site’s natural value and the park’s activities associated to sustainability such its eco-museums. This internationally recognized status is only given to sites that are successful in connecting conservation, development, and learning. The president of the park, Andrea Beltrame, states that the park has been working since 2011 to earn this status and that it will help them with future actions aimed at reconnecting humans to nature. 

What is a Biosphere Reserve

Biosphere reserves are “Science for Sustainability support sites” where innovative approaches to sustainable development, resource management, and interactions between nature and society can be tested. They are places of reconciliation of natural and cultural diversity with economic and social development. 

Biosphere reserves are made up of three zones: 1. Core areas for the preservation of landscapes, ecosystems and biodiversity; 2. A Buffer zone which surrounds the core area and reinforces scientific research, monitoring, and education; and 3. A Transition area for economic and human development to take place in a way that is socio-culturally and ecologically sustainable. 

For more info: https://www.parcoprealpigiulie.it/view.aspx?id=ELE0005164&L=it

The Parc National des Ecrins was granted a spot on the International Union for Nature Conservation’s (IUCN) ‘Green List’ earlier this month during France’s Nature Congress (June 12th, 2019) in Marseille. The 'Green List’ Label gives international recognition to well-managed and well-governed protected areas and conservation sites. In order to obtain this status, the Parc National des Ecrins had to meet 17 environmental and social requirements under 4 themes: good governance, sound design and planning, effective management and positive conservation outcomes. Thierry Durand, who initiated the process of obtaining this label in 2016, sees this as an opportunity for the park to work on concrete projects in biodiversity especially in the context of climate change. The Parc National des Ecrins is now one of 46 parks worldwide with this recognition.

Source: http://www.ecrins-parcnational.fr/actualite/ecrins-accedent-liste-verte-uicn

About 80 hunters from the three regions Haute Savoie (France), Val d’Aosta (Italy) and Valais (Switzerland) met in Chamonix to share their experience about their respective hunting practices and to evaluate the impact of hunting on ecological connectivity in the transboundary area, which is one of the Working Regions of the ALPBIONET2030 project. This meeting, organized under the framework of ALPBIONET2030 project by the Hunters Federation of Upper-Savoie, was the first time for many of the participants to discover how hunting is managed in the other regions across the border. A lot of similarities but also several big differences could be assessed in wildlife management practices. The picture was completed by the presentation of Jonas Kahlen from Veterinary University of Vienna, who presented an overview of hunting practices in the Alpine countries and its effects on wildlife. Moreover, the impacts of other outdoor activities (skiing, paragliding, trail running, biking, etc…) on wildlife populations were analyzed in the afternoon. Concrete proposals for a closer cooperation on various issues and a regular exchange between the actors of wildlife management in the three countries were defined in a plenary discussion and the foundation for this reinforced collaboration was laid. The Final Conference of the ALPBIONET2030 project will take place in Chamonix on October 8th and 9th, 2019 and will be the occasion to report the progress made on this cooperation.

This was the emblematic title of the French Nature Reserves’ 38th Congress that was entirely dedicated to a new way of managing protected areas in order to adapt to climate change.
When it comes to climate change the Alps are particularly effected. The French Nature Reserve (RNF) Congress, that took place in Le-Mônetier-les-Bains/Serre-Chevalier (France), carried out an extensive program over four days (from June 4th - 8th, 2019), starting with the official launch of the European project Pitem Biodivalp and concluding with on-site visits to surrounding protected areas.
The Congress had a technical approach with the general objective of raising awareness and inciting participants to take on the issues of climate change and its effects through managing protected areas in an innovative and climate resilient way.


During the Congress, the General Assembly of RNF took place allowing all the network members to discuss internal issues. Moreover, field activities to discover biodiversity in the nearby protected areas along with their climate change adapted management were organised. All of the outcomes of the conference were presented in a closing plenary opened to all participants.
Alparc took an active role in the session dedicated to exchanges within protected area networks and the RNF. It also attended the thematic session in order to enhance its knowledge on climate change and to gather some useful information on the degree of adaptation that can be implemented in protected areas.


Under the pression of the global phenomenon, protected areas have a fundamental role to play - enhancing nature as a strong measure to adapt to climate change.

 

More information at:  https://congres-reserves-naturelles-de-france.fr/

Il Parco Naturale Mont Avic, nell’ambito delle manifestazioni per il festeggiamento dei 30 anni dalla fondazione, ha promosso una giornata di studio dal titolo “Gestione delle aree protette e servizi ecosistemici – interazioni e sinergie con EMAS” dedicata ad analizzare le sinergie fra gli strumenti di pianificazione delle aree protette, i servizi ecosistemici ed EMAS. L’evento ha ottenuto il patrocinio dell’Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA) e del Comitato per l’Ecolabel e l’Ecoaudit, l'organismo competente per il rilascio della registrazione EMAS in Italia.

La giornata ha visto confrontarsi i diversi soggetti sul tema della quantificazione dei servizi ecosistemici, processo complesso che richiede un approccio multidisciplinare sia per la varietà dei servizi forniti che per la multidimensionalità del valore, anche nell’ottica del concetto di Pagamento dei Servizi Ecosistemici, introdotto nella legislazione nazionale italiana dall’art. 70 della L. n. 221 del 2015 (c.d. "collegato ambientale" alla Legge di stabilità 2016) e i cui beneficiari finali possono essere i comuni, le aree protette e le organizzazioni di gestione collettiva dei beni comuni.

Le valutazioni inerenti i servizi ecosistemici sono di grande attualità nelle aree protette; il Parco Naturale Mont Avic, insieme al Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso e altre aree protette, è stato recentemente coinvolto in una sperimentazione promossa da Federparchi e ISPRA per il riconoscimento della registrazione EMAS quale strumento oggettivante del contributo nel mantenimento/erogazione dei servizi ecosistemici. I primi risultati di tale esperienza sono stati discussi durante la giornata di studio e saranno pubblicati nell’ambito dell’aggiornamento annuale 2019 della Dichiarazione Ambientale EMAS, consultabile sulla pagina EMAS del sito internet istituzionale.

Durante la giornata, il Parco Naturale Mont Avic ha inoltre presentato i contenuti del nuovo Piano di Gestione Territoriale, entrato in vigore nel 2018, che riprende in maniera esplicita quale strumento operativo il Sistema di Gestione Ambientale secondo il Regolamento EMAS, in un’ottica di integrazione molto innovativa.

L’evento si è concluso con la proiezione in anteprima del video “Sintesi della Dichiarazione Ambientale EMAS 2018-2021 del Parco Naturale Mont Avic”, visibile sul canale youtube al link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0WulUkBg4k e premiato il 24 maggio scorso nell’ambito del Premio EMAS Italia 2019 come miglior prodotto multimediale per EMAS.

È possibile richiedere gli interventi dei diversi relatori alla giornata di studio scrivendo a info@montavic.it.

Lunedì, 15 Luglio 2019 09:00

European Parks Academy 2019 Seminars

European Parks Academy will be organizing 3 seminars from July 15th- 21st

Seminar A World Heritage Sites and Sustainable Tourism: Tourism presents itself as both an opportunity and a challenge for protected areas and World Heritage Sites. This seminar will focus on touristic regulations and recommendations of the World Heritage Convention along with practical tools to for sustainable management of tourism flows.

Seminar B Ecological Monitoring and innovative technologies: This seminar will include training for the latest technological innovations in wildlife and vegetation monitoring such as smartphone apps and remote-sensing based change detection.

Seminar C Transboundary Protected Areas and Successful: Learning how to find common approaches and meet the challenges of intercultural communication along with existing cooperation models and their benefits.

The complete program can be found online here.

Pubblicato in Altri eventi nelle Alpi

The quiet off-season and welcoming Bavarian village of Balderschwang was the host of ALPARC’s latest Council meeting on April 12th and 13th 2019.

The official launch of ALPARC’s new regional platform, ALPARC Centr’alps, was the main topic of the first session of the meeting. The new platform’s aim is to be closer to the protected areas located in the central Alps, to develop new and innovative projects and exchanges and to increase the involvement of new members.

The second session of the meeting was dedicated to the discussions on ALPARC’s overall programme and how to enhance new projects, especially in regards to which strategic positions should be taken on several international guiding topics (as Climate Change, etc). The schedule was thus divided into a general roundtable discussion on ALPARC’s strategy. Two thematic workshops were organized : one focusing on the elaboration of the 2020-2022 ALPARC programme, and the other on a common event to celebrate the ALPARC’s 25th anniversary project within the framework of 2020 IUCN Conference in Marseille.

The next ALPARC council meeting will be held on September 12th and 13th, 2019, in Zernez, Switzerland.