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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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The 22st Edition of the Memorial Danilo Re will take place from the 26th to the 29th of January 2017, in Admont, Austria. The event is organized by the Gesäuse National Park. As usual, within the framework of the Memorial, the ALPARC General Assembly will be held the 27th of January 2017.

Organize your team, start to train and see you in Admont for the Trophy of the Alpine Protected Areas!

For further information & registration



Published in Events of ALPARC
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 .

Open the publication as e-paper

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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From 5 to 19 October, on the website of EOCA (European Outdoor Conservation Association) you can vote for the funding of the research project APOLLO (Alpine Protection from Overgrazing, Landscape Learning and Observation) presented by the Institute for the Dynamics of Environmetal Processes of CNR and the Gran Paradiso National Park concerning the management of sustainable grazing activities inside the Protected Area.

The EOCA is a non-for-profit association which promotes various projects linked to nature conservation presented by different organizations and authorities involved in nature preservation. Once the projects have been validated by the scientific committee of EOCA, they are submitted to a public vote. Only the project that will get the largest number of votes will be financed.

Help the project of the Gran Paradiso be financed by casting your vote here.

For further information about the project, visit the Gran Paradiso National Park website.


SOURCE: Gran Paradiso National Park

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Le dossier de candidature des Alpes de la Méditerranée au Patrimoine mondial de l'Humanité de l'Unesco avance à grands pas. Les experts de l'UICN France (Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature) ainsi que le Ministère de l'Ecologie, du
Développement durable et de l'Energie ont été enthousiastes à la présentation du dossier et au travail réalisé. Mais la route est encore
longue. Maintenant, les équipes s'apprêtent à s'atteler à la prochaine étape: définir le périmètre exact du bien.

Pour en savoir plus, consultez le communiqué de presse.

This publication recommends ways in which decision makers can implement biodiversity policies more effectively.
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Experts from science, protected mountain areas and administration will discuss the role of scientific councils regarding science and management in protected areas.

The workshop will be based on the presentation of various models in organising scientific councils existing in different countries and for different categories of protection. Afterwards, different aspects of scientific councils as an interface between science and protected areas will be discussed: To what extent and under what conditions are scientific councils able to promote scientific research in protected areas? To what extent and under what conditions can they support the management and the policy of a protected area and mediate conflicts? How can they contribute to building networks and cooperation?

Outcomes of the workshop will be recommendations concerning the establishment and the management of scientific councils, an analysis of scientific councils as interfaces between science and mountain protected areas (article in a scientific journal) and inputs to a planned Alpine Space project on the governance of protected areas and the contribution of science.

As the number of participants is limited to 40, the date of registration will be taken into account in the selection of participants.

Please find below the announcement, the programme and the registration form to send back to

The organising institutions:

ISCAR Jean-Jacques Brun, Thomas Scheurer
LabEx ITEM Isabelle Arpin, Philippe Bourdeau, Fabien Hobléa, Sophie Tocreau, Gaëlle Ronsin
ALPARC Guido Plassmann


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The project “Equilibri Naturali” is designed to bring children closer to nature.It focuses in particular on addressing current social issues such as obesity, short attention spans and dependency on television and computer games by promoting outdoor experiences through creative activities and a more relaxed pace of life.

 In addition to the opportunity to teach children about sustainability, the outdoor activities help to create a sense of "belonging" to an area. The activities allow children to rediscover the value of interacting with others (playing games, shared outdoor adventures) whilst also improving the way that they learn.

The Natural Balance programme was developed by the Monti Sibillini National Park in Italy and has been implemented by AIDAP (Italian Association of protected area directors and staff). Many Italian protected areas have signed up to the project, including the Belluno Dolomites National Park, which is very actively involved.

Details of the Natural Balance programme and events are available online at the Italian protected areas website ( ).

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 Cette importante manifestation se tiendra du 9 au 12 octobre 2013 à Saint-Martin Vésubie, dans le Mercantour, site volontairement choisi pour profiter du 20e anniversaire de présence avérée du loup en France afin de dresser un état des lieux à la fois rétrospectif et prospectif, dépassant très largement l’échelle locale. L’initiative (et le pilotage) du symposium en reviennent, ce qui est original, à l’Université.

Le titre du colloque : « Vivre ensemble avec le loup. Hier, aujourd’hui… et demain? » est à lui seul un véritable challenge. L’enjeu est de réunir à la fois des acteurs (de tous types, institutionnels et privés) et des chercheurs (historiens de toutes périodes mais aussi géographes, sociologues, ethnologues, biologistes..) dans un colloque ouvert au public et à finalité « sociale ». Il s’agit de dresser un état des lieux comparatif et de proposer des perspectives d’aménagement du statut de l’animal sauvage en France et en Europe, à la lumière des expériences du passé et de l’actuel. (…) »

Programme et informations à ce lien.