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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.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 08:23

"Youth at the Top"… with you?

Take part in the 3rd edition on 11th July 2017!

Putting young people back in contact with mountains and the Alps

The prior aim of the project is to make mountains accessible to all and the youngsters come from the local valleys or from cities.For them, it’s the opportunity to have a singular experience (often the first!) of night at high altitude, as a group; to re-engage with mountains through their emotion, observation, play, encounters, imagination, dreams or expression.This collective adventure, occurring simultaneously in different countries, also awakens the feeling of belonging to a common mountain range, to the Alps or to the Carpathians.To this end, the project draws on values common to education and mountains.

Taking part is…
For the organiser: "It brings three-fold satisfaction:1/ revealing this mountain nature to young people on an original occasion (a night walk with sunrise)  2/ the pleasure of hearing them talking about the experience; their feedback is a gift  3/ the pleasure of sharing this experience with them!"- Fug'en Cimes, Christophe Delahaye, 2016

For the youngsters: "it’s great!", "… a really awesome way to discover the Alps", "… a magnificent experience", "… a different way of getting out in the mountains", etc.
The 2016 edition brought together more than 500 young people and 150 adults in various countries.

•  Read the 2016 press release • Watch the 2016 mini-video  • Discover the details of the 2016 events


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The projects are (co-) run by the Alpine protected areas, youth workers, associations, refuges, communities, young independent adults, etc., with the participation of local professionals.Registration is open for the 11th to 12th July edition in the Alps and in the Carpathians.

Simply fill in the online form at: http://www.youth-at-the-top.org/en/register  before 12th April 2017.

Filling in the form does not commit you in any way; it simply says you are motivated to take part in the 2017 edition. Participation is free of charge; some expenses may be covered (subject to certain conditions). Don’t hesitate to contact the organisers for details and support.

 
New in 2017

For the 2017 edition all the organisers of the “Youth at the Top” event will be given a free copy of the “The Alps in my Backpack” teaching tool. Please ask for this when you register on line (terms of availability and distribution in the form).


See the detailed project-sheet : http://www.youth-at-the-top.org/en/news/item/134-what-is-youth-at-the-top

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This project is supported by the German Ministry of Environment and the Principality of Monaco.


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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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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 13:21

Alparc General Assembly 2017

The fifth General Assembly was held on January 27 2017 in Admont, traditionally within the context of the yearly Memorial Danilo Re (22nd edition) which took place in the Gesäuse National park (AT). The Memorial and General Assembly coincided with the 15th anniversary of the Gesäuse national park and with the start of the Alpine Convention presidency for Austria.

23 of the network’s members were present at the assembly, which validated the official reports of the president, treasurer and director for 2016. The members agreed that 2016 was a very successful year for Alparc, notably with the assignment of three Interreg Alpine Space projects. You can read the full 2016 activity report here in all Alpine languages.

The 2017 General Assembly elected as well a new Alparc board and council. Michael Vogel was designated Alparc interim president until July 2017 in order to prepare the mission of a new president. Therefore, and in recognition of his long-lasting efforts and merits for ALPARC, the General Assembly appointed him Honorary President of Alparc. ALPARC is particularly grateful to the outgoing board and council members for their efforts and work during their mandates. We warmly welcome the new members of the ALPARC board and council and look forward to a good and fruitful collaboration in the next four years. You find a list of the newly elected board and council below.

The General Assembly also agreed on a 4-year pilot project for a more decentralized management of the ALPARC activities, with a first support platform in the Nagelfluhkette nature park. This step should reinforce the links to smaller protected area management structures and use synergies with the Alliance in the Alps network of municipalities (AIDA).

The accomplishment of the 2016-2017 working programme is well advanced. In 2017, the activities of the Alparc coordination unit will focus on project implementation, especially on AlpBioNet2030 (lead partner, Interreg Alpine Space), YourAlps (lead partner, Interreg Alpine Space), GaYA (partner, Interreg Apine Space) and the projects GreenConnect, Youth at the Top and WeWild.

ALPARC Board (2017- 2021)

Interim-president                           Michael Vogel, Director Berchtesgaden National park (DE)

Vice president                               Christian Schwoehrer, Director ASTERS (FR)

Vice president                               Paolo Salsotto, President Regional park Alpi Marittime (IT)

Secretary General                         Peter Oggier, Director Pfyn-Finges Regional nature park (CH)

Treasurer                                       Peter Rupitsch, Director Hohe Tauern National park (Carinthia, AT)

 

ALPARC Council  (2017- 2021)

FRANCE (4 seats + 2 seats for the financing member regions)

-          Christian Schwoehrer (ASTERS)

-          Pierre Commenville (Les Ecrins, NP)

-          Gilberte Bremond (Les Baronnies provençales, PNR)

-          Eva Aliacar (Vanoise, NP)
 
-          Marc Joanny (Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)

-          Geneviève Borodine – sous réserve - (Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes)

ITALY (4 seats)

-          Andrea Bertrame (President, Prealpe Giulie, NatP)

-          Claudio La Ragione (Orobie Valtelinesi, NatP)

-          Maria Margareth Pallhuber (Naturparks Alto Adige)

-          Paolo Salsotto (President, Alpi Marittime, NatP)

AUSTRIA (3 seats)

-          Erich Mayrhofer (Kalkalpen, NP)

-          Peter Rupitsch (Hohe Tauern, NP)

-          Franz Handler (VNÖ – Federation of Austrian Nature Parks)

SWITZERLAND (2 seats)

-          Peter Oggier (Pfyn-Finges, NatP)

-          Christian Stauffer (Network Swiss Parks)

SLOVENIA (1 seat)

-          Andre Arih (Triglav, NP)

GERMANY (1 seat)

-          Michael Vogel (ad-interim, Berchtesgaden, NP)

Liechtenstein (1 seat)

-          Helmut Kindle (Ministry)

Monaco (1 seat)

-          Astrid Claudel-Rusin (Ministry)

ALPARC Staff

-          Dominik Cremer-Schulte

After our international workshop in 2016 where we also discussed the topic of communication in a round table, the objectif of this first WeWild workshop is to gather the interested members of our working group and other stakeholders in order to develop the content of the strategy. We will 

 

  • share the experiences of different awareness-raising campaigns in the Alps, 
  • develop the major elements of the joint strategy,
  • and elaborate ideas for the first common communication tools (website, slogan, graphical idendity and video clip).

 

The main challenge is here to conceive a strategy and tools that are practically relevant for all Alpine regions and countries.

 

In order to register for the workshop or to obtain further information, please contact us:

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Click here to see the workshop programme:

Monday, 30 January 2017 16:28

22 Memorial Danilo Re: a winter’s tale

The 2017 edition of the international Memorial Danilo Re, the official games for Alpine protected area rangers and protected area staff, took place from January 26 to 28 in the Gesäuse National park in Styria (Austria). In fairy tale-like winter conditions, more than 150 participants from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Slovenia competed in four disciplines in the small sport resort of Kaiserau close to Admont. As every year, the event also was the occasion for rangers, park staff and directors to meet, exchange and network.

 

Memorial Danilo Re as good start for the Austrian presidency of the Alpine Convention
After the traditional parade of the teams accompanied by torch light and traditional Styrian music through the streets of Admont, the Secretary General of the Alpine Convention Markus Reiterer, in the name of the Alpine states, warmly welcomed the 36 teams and their supporters. For Austria, which took over the presidency of the Alpine Convention in October 2016, Günter Liebel of the Federal Ministry for the Environment highlighted the radiant character of the event for the start of the presidency period. Both officials underlined the importance of the Memorial Danilo Re as unique and connecting event in the Alps, that perfectly communicates the joint efforts to preserve this valuable natural and cultural space that are the Alps to the greater public.

 

Platform for exchange: seminar on the nature interpretation approach
The Memorial Danilo Re has for years provided an optimal platform for the exchange of those employees from the Alpine protected areas who are responsible for monitoring, education and knowledge transfer. A broad professional task field, which is not only challenging, but also vital to man and nature. Within the framework of the memorial, expertise, exchange and dialogue are combined and bundled. This year, the focus of the seminar laid on a contemporary education and knowledge transfer method, the nature interpretation approach.

 

The Danilo Re Trophy: overall victories for Germany (men) and Austria (women)
Giant slalom, cross-country skiing and shooting - these are not only the disciplines that form the core of Olympic winter games, but also precisely the sports - supplemented by ski mountaineering - within which the participants were able to compete. Similar to the Olympic spirit, participation and joy stood in the foreground of the games, which offered a challenge for all.


The overall victory went to Nationalpark Berchtesgaden (DE, Team 2), followed by Parc Naziunal Svizzer (CH, Team 1) and the mixed team Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso (IT)/Parc National de la Vanoise (FR). For the ladies, Nationalpark Hohe Tauern (AT, Team 2) was able to defend its title ahead of Nationalpark Berchtesgaden (DE, Team 1) and Parco dell’ Adamello (IT, Team 2). The team from Berchtesgaden is therefore well prepared for the 23rd edition of the Danilo Re Trophy in 2018, which will take place in their National Park.

A big thank you to all the 36 teams who took part in this 22nd edition, and special thanks to the team of the Nationalpark Gesäuse and the other local organizers for making the event happen in perfect conditions. See you all, hopefully, in Berchtesgaden (DE) in January 2018.


Click here to see the photos of the event

See the detailed results by downloading the document below.


Source: The text is partly based on the press release (German) of the Nationalpark Gesäuse(30/01/2017) available below

Triglavski narodni park (SI) and Parco Naturale Prealpi Giulie (IT) in the Julian Alps are both founding members of ALPARC. Transboundary cooperation between the two parks dates back to 1996. In the following years common EU projects reinforced the partnership and in 2009, the transboundary Julian Alps Ecoregion, which also includes Slovenia’s Julian Alps MAB UNESCO Area, was officially awarded the EUROPARC Transboundary Certificate. In 2014, the transboundary cooperation was re-awarded; in the same year, the region has been declared Official Pilot Region for Ecological Connectivity of the Alpine Convention.

Recently, another milestone in transboundary cooperation has been achieved. On the 7th of Decembre, the protected area managements were officially awarded with the European Charter for sustainable tourism certificate in Brussels. This successful application makes the Julian Alps Ecoregion Europe’s first transboundary park holding this certificate. Both, the Triglav national park and the Prealpi Giulie nature park see the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas as an extraordinary opportunity to develop their region sustainably.

Further reading
EUROPARC website: http://www.europarc.org/julian-alps-transboundary-ecoregion/

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With the aim to make a vast amount of data available to naturalists, tourists and other interested users online (e.g. trails, information on and observations of species), the Ecrins national park has developed open source tools since 2012. This makes them available to other protected areas. Why not also to you?

Biodiv’Ecrins is the most recent application. With this online portal, the national park has made accessible 500,000 observations of more than 4,000 species of the park’s flora and fauna, gathered since its creation in 1973. This atlas presents in a unique manner the region’s biodiversity. Rangers feed it with observations in real time via tablet. Behind the application stands the tool Geonature-Atlas, an open source application developed by the national park staff. Its open source character and its adaptability make it highly transferable. It is possible to feed the Atlas with any kind of database. 

The approach grounds on the experience of the national park with Geotrek: Geotrek is a management and online valorisation tool of trail networks. It enables the users to manage a trail network comprehensively (signs, trail works) and valorize the touristic offer along itineraries and routes by the integration of local natural and cultural sites. Published under an open source licence, more than 40 protected areas and other organisations in France already use Geotrek. It is available in French, German, Italian and English and can easily be translated to other languages. For examples, see the web portals and smartphone applications of the Ecrins national park Rando Ecrins (hiking offer) and Grand Tour of the Ecrins (route tourism offer).

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in these tools.

More about
Geonature-Atlas
the Geotrek user community

Other Geotrek sites to explore:
Maritimme Mercantour
PNR du Vercors
Parc national de la Vanoise
Parc national des Cévennes

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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