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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.

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National Parks Austria & Hohe Tauern National Park are pleased to invite you to present your latest protected areas research at the 6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas, 2-4 November 2017. The symposium will be held at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Salzburg, Austria.

Call for contributions :
We invite you to submit presentations for the themed sessions listed below. Please enter your session contribution no later than 13 March 2017 online on www.nationalparksaustria.at/symposium2017.

 

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SUBMIT YOUR SESSION CONTRIBUTION NOW!

National Parks Austria & Hohe Tauern National Park are pleased to invite you to present your latest protected areas research at the 6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas, 2-4 November 2017. The symposium will be held at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Salzburg, Austria.

Call for contributions :
We invite you to submit presentations for the themed sessions listed below. Please enter your session contribution no later than 13 March 2017 online on www.nationalparksaustria.at/symposium2017.
You may only select one theme. Please state if you are prepared to present a poster instead of a presentation. Oral presentations and posters are equally presented in the conference program as well as in the conference volume. There will also be a poster award for the three best posters.

Following a review, the organizers will decide on the conference programme which will be finalized by the end of June 2017.

SESSION THEMES :
Parks & People
a) Park objectives in transformation: What are parks for and why do we want them?
b) Integrated planning and management policies
c) Zoning in strategic planning and management of protected areas and their surroundings
d) Parks and people - reconciling park management with local and regional development
Parks & land use
e) Sustainable agriculture in protected areas
f)  Protected areas governance and ecosystem services
g) Protected areas' landscapes as resources for human health and well-being
h) Protected forest areas - lessons learned from long-term research
Parks & management
i)  Progress in long-term research and monitoring
j)  Managing wildlife in and around protected areas
k) Conservation conflicts in protected areas
l)  Human-wildlife conflict management and resolution
m)  Bridging science and management in protected areas
Parks & biodiversity
n) Biodiversity shifts in a changing climate
o) Endemic species - a neglected biodiversity treasure
p) Biodiversity - conservation in protected areas
q) Wilderness and process dynamics
r) Ecological connectivity
Parks & water
s) Alpine headwaters and lakes
t) Fluvial landscapes in protected areas
u) The cryosphere in a warming climate

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.

For further information, please find attached the Factsheet.


We are looking forward to receiving your proposals of themed sessions for the 6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas 2017 in Salzburg!

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A shared observation: there is a lack of contact between young people and the Alps

Worldwide, specialists diagnose a lack of contact from young people to their living space. Among Alpine youth, it leads also to the dying out of Alpine identity and mountain-related know-how. The young people of the Alps, among whom there is little awareness of the values and opportunities offered by the natural and cultural heritage of the Alps, are finding it difficult to settle in mountain areas on a long-term basis.
There is therefore unquestionably an urgent need for young people to be better informed and made more aware of their Alpine heritage, including of what it can offer them in terms of economic and social opportunities.

YOUrALPS tackles the challenge to raise Youth awareness on Alpine heritage

The aims of the INTERREG Alpine Space YOUrALPS project (2016-2019) are to give structure to the field of mountain education throughout the Alps and incorporate the values and knowledge of mountains and the Alps more fully in practices but also in educational curricula and syllabuses.
YOUrALPS includes several actions. It’s about identifying, interconnecting and involving the various players scattered over the Alpine territory in a transalpine network which will promote exchanges, synergies and cooperation in this field. A participative webplatform will be one of the tools of this network.
An analysis of the experiences and good practices in mountain environment education throughout the Alps, (including an in-depth study of the political strategies of each country in this field) will be presented in a comparative report. It will include recommendations and will be distributed among the decision-makers of each country. Thanks to exchanges, training, workshops and trials in pilot sites it will be possible to create an "Alpine school model". The model will also be completed by a toolbox of teaching resources linked to Alpine heritage.


The project has direct and long-term impacts

The Alpine School model will directly benefit the students, educators and decision-makers involved, as well as the future generations of pupils. Decision makers will have at their disposal a transferable model. YOUrALPS will create new opportunities for youth and increase their empowerment and engagement in the Alpine territory, to better shape their future.

January 2017 – The project is launched

On 18th and 19th January, the kick-off meeting brought together in Chambéry (Fr) 41 participants, coming from 6 Alpine countries (13 project partners, 25 observers and the representatives of the Alpine Space programme).
Thanks to this meeting the partners were able to get to know each other better and to appropriate the general context of the YOUrALPS project and the Alpine Space programme. A workshop was held on this occasion to build common references on mountain education. Two other working periods resulted in the laying down of the basis for a future international network and the webplatform associated with it. The atmosphere was warm and constructive, a good foundation for this ambitious 3-year project.
The next Project  Steering Committee meeting is planned for July in Slovenia.

 

The YOUrALPS Project is financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)  Interreg – Alpine Space programme  

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The 13 project partners

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The YOUrALPS project has been recently approved in the frame of the 2nd call of the INTERREG Alpine Space Programme (2014- 2020). 

The main aim of the project is to raise youth awareness on the entire Alpine natural and cultural heritage, by supporting youth environmental educational process via interconnected formal and non-formal education considering the Alps as natural, cultural, living and work space beyond borders.

The Lead Partner (LP), ALPARC - the Alpine Network of Protected Areas, launches a tender for management support for all tasks of financial management and smooth support for project administrative co-ordination.Participation is open to all legal persons who are established in a Member State of the European Union or in a country or territory of the regions covered and/or authorized by the specific instruments applicable to the programme under which the contract is financed.

Find the procurements, the terms of reference and all other relevant documents below

Deadline for tender submissions is the 15th of January 2017.

 

 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 14:02

YOUrALPS Kick-off Meeting

YOUrALPS Kick-off Meeting will take place the 18th and 19th January 2017 in Chambéry (France), gathering Partners and Observers.

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Thursday, 01 December 2016 15:43

AlpBioNet 2030 Kick-off Meeting

AlpBioNet 2030 Kick-off Meeting will take place the 1st and 2nd December 2016 in Vienna (Austria).

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Thursday, 10 November 2016 14:29

3 New Interreg Alpine Space Projects for ALPARC

We are happy to announce that 3 project proposals put forward this year at the second call for projects in the EU Interreg –Alpine Space Programme have been selected. They are the YOUrALPS and ALPBIONET2030 projects, led by ALPARC, and the GaYA project, in which ALPARC is a partner and responsible for a Workpackage.

YOUrALPS - Educating Youth for the Alps: (re)connecting Youth and Mountain heritage for an inspiring future in the Alps (2016-2019)
ALPARC and their 12 partners are taking up the challenge involved in reinforcing mountain education and making young people more aware of the natural heritage and culture of the Alps in a durable way. Starting by structuring a network of education players in the Alps, the aim is to bring closer together the sectors of formal education (schools) and non-formal education (education players in the mountains, such as, for example, the protected areas), by promoting the inclusion of mountain environment education in educational programmes via the concept of an “Alpine School” which will be tested in many pilot sites. The project plans for active participation from both political decision makers and young inhabitants of the Alps.

GaYA - Governance and Youth in the Alps (2016-2018)
The project leader Agenzia di Sviluppo GAL Genovese/Italy and its  7 partners , among which  ALPARC  and the  Massif des Bauges Nature Park, will unite their forces and skills during a period of 2 years in order to develop the governance of young people in the Alpine space .They will be supported by different pilot sites, both urban and rural , with the participation of groups of young people , in order to contribute to reinforcing the capacities of political decision-makers to involve the young, as citizens,  in the decision making process.

These two projects confirm the importance and the potential of our thematic Pole devoted to mountain environment Education and young people. Even if it is technically not possible to involve all our members in such projects, either as partners or observers, we will take care to inform them and see that they benefit from the actions and results of these projects. This will be especially true for those taking part in our “Mountain Environment Education” workshop.

ALPBIONET2030 - Integrative Alpine Wildlife and Habitat Management for the Next Generation, (2016-2019) 
ALPARC and their 14 partners are working together on ecological connectivity in the Alps and with the new Alpine Macro-region. The aim of this project is to improve on the already substantial work carried out on this theme in the past few years, notably by proposing a mapping of the areas strategic to connectivity in and around the Alpine arc, by developing a strategy for managing wildlife in tandem with various players and by working on mediation tools to respond to conflicts which may arise at the implementation of ecological networks.

We are happy to be starting work right away with all the partners and observers of each project.  To find out more pending the setting up of Internet sites devoted to each project, you can see the presentation of the successful projects on the  Alpine Space programme page.

National Parks Austria (www.nationalparksaustria.at) and Hohe Tauern National Park (www.hohetauern.at) 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 www.nationalparksaustria.at/symposium2017


Aims
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 www.nationalparksaustria.at/symposium2017

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 international conference of LabEx ITEM " Mountain regions, territories of innovation" will be held in the City Territory - Université de Grenoble-Alpes, Grenoble, France, from 11 to 13 January 2017.

The aim of this project is to conduct a social, economic and cultural analysis of innovation in Mountain Territories. A lot of issues will be debated, such as : What role in innovation at the local and regional levels (and their links)? Which meanings and visions of the mountain are at issue in the light of change? And what kind of territories emerge from these transitions?

More information and registration : http://labex-item.insight-outside.fr/colloque-innovation-montagne/index.php?langue=en&onglet=6&acces=&idUser=&emailUser=