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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?

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ALPARC is strengthening its work along the lines of “regional development and quality of life”. Last October, within the framework of the Innovalps project, and in close collaboration with the national federations of natural parks of France, Austria and Switzerland, the network selected three pilot regions: the Tiroler Lech natural park in Austria, the Baronnies Provençales regional natural park in the South of France and the Pfyn-Finges regional natural park in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. All three are characterised by a strategy of integrated development and particularly innovative projects, yet their regions are structurally very different.

The InnovAlps project analyses and highlights innovative approaches to regional development in the Alpine protected areas and their regions. The aim of the project is to promote the exchange of experiences between the protected areas with respect to innovation and regional development and to develop recommendations for other regions. What form can innovation in the protected areas take? How can new ideas be developed? How can other players be motivated to cooperate? How can successful innovative approaches be perpetuated ? Answers to these questions are expected to result from working with the three pilot regions. ALPARC has been asked to run this project by FOEN, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.

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The Alps offer ideal conditions for nature-based tourism.

Ten criteria according to scientific principles were defined in the recent publication by Dominik Siegrist, Susanne Gessner and Lea Ketterer Bonnelame.

The purpose of the 10 scientific criteria laid down by the writers is to help tourism industry professionals and destinations to respond better to demand and improve standards of quality. They include the protection of nature, landscape maintenance or environmental education.

Dominik Siegrist reminds us of the many examples of nature-based tourism that already exist in the Alps, such as the “climbing villages” of Austria, those certified villages which have chosen the path of sustainable tourism in line with tradition. He calls on political leaders to face up to their responsibilities by adapting regulatory conditions. This idea has won support in Germany: the two villages of Ramsau and Hinterstein are due to receive this seal of approval soon. Involvement and motivation on the part of the population have been vital in the procedure of approval, one of the criteria set out by the writers.

Incidentally, the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswill is organising a congress on the subject on 10th June 2015 under the title “Savouring Nature instead of Event Burnout”


Source : CIPRA International, and additional information : (de), Siegrist, D., Gessner, S., Ketterer Bonnelame, L. (2015). Naturnaher Tourismus. Qualitätsstandards für sanftes Reisen in den Alpen. Bristol-Schriftenreihe 44. Bern. (de)

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 02:00

The “National Park Spirit” Brand

The French National Parks have just created a new brand. Named the “National Park Spirit”, it has been created to support the economic actors installed on their territory. The aim of this initiative: to promote the tourism products of the territory which contribute to the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the parks.

The 10 French National Parks are concerned by this brand, including the 3 Alpine parks: the Ecrins, Mercantour and Vanoise Parks.

What is the purpose of this brand?
With this brand, the National Park lends its positive image to products or services that meet the criteria of sustainable development and a strong local anchorage. Professionals awarded this brand will be able to differentiate themselves in the eyes of those members of the public who are motivated by the preservation of the environment and the preservation and discovery of the local heritage. Furthermore, this contract arrangement will make it possible to develop a solid partnership between the National Park and the actors of the territory.

The advantages and benefits are:
- The right to use the brand and the valorisation of the partnership with the National Park.
-  Support in the use of the brand (training, labels, posters, welcoming tools, etc.).
-  Actions in communication and local and national promotion of the approved products and services.

The implementation of the brand is within the framework of the regulations governing generic use which specify the general terms of use and the procedures to be followed by socio-professionals who wish to work in partnership with the National Parks.


For all details: Ecrins National Park - Mercantour National Park

Friday, 19 June 2015 02:00

Symposium of "Alliance in the Alps"

The 19th and 20th of June, the network of the Alpine municipalities “Alliance in the Alps” and the French municipality of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville will organize an event on the following topic: “Social wealth, natural diversity. Activate the assets of the Alpine municipalities”.

In this years symposium of "Alliance in the Alps" people will discuss how these assets of the Alpine communities can be activated and how blockages can be overcome. In the context of the European Strategy for the Alps they will also talk about the possible role of municipalities in an Alpine macro-region.
Benefit from the long experience of the network of municipalities and get to know good practices and actors from the entire Alpine region on 19 and 20 June 2015, in the French municipality of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville.

You can find enclosed all the details of the event and the application form in French, Italian, German and Slovenian.

Le projet Territoires à énergie positive Alpins (TEPos Alpins) mené par CIPRA France, vise à mettre en réseau des territoires de montagne faiblement dotés en moyens humains, techniques et financiers avec des territoires déjà engagés dans la transition énergétique. Les objectifs sont d’impulser une réflexion énergétique chez les TEPos Alpins et de leur apporter un appui sur les questions qui les préoccupent en matière énergétique.

Six territoires aux caractéristiques variées sont désormais dans le projet (quelques autres sont encore en réflexion). Il s’agit de la commune de Sausses (04), la communauté de communes du Pays des Ecrins (05), la communauté de communes Haute Maurienne Vanoise (73), l’Assemblée du Pays Tarentaise Vanoise (73), le Pays Asses, Verdon, Vaïre, Var (04) et le parc naturel régional des Préalpes d’Azur (06).

CIPRA France ira à leur rencontre afin d’identifier les freins auxquels ils sont confrontés pour mettre en place des actions sur leur territoire. Un voyage d’étude se déroulera dans les Bauges en septembre, où les TEPos Alpins pourront bénéficier de retours d’expériences ainsi que visualiser des réalisations de production d’énergies renouvelables et des actions de réduction des consommations énergétiques.

Article publié sur par CIPRA France

 During an international workshop held in the Chartreuse Regional Park (France) from 13-15 October 2011, more than 30 experts from science and parks management across Europe discussed the role of mountain protected areas in regional development.

The discussion was based on the input of selected experts from Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Austria who have a well recognized reputation in the area of protected areas. According to the experts´statements possible economic issues of protected areas are mainly linked to added values generated by park tourism, as proved by a large range of scientific studies. In future, research has to investigate more than so far on further economic opportunities generated by parks (ecosystem and cultural services etc.), on the involvement of regional stakeholders (perception, acceptance, multi-level governance etc.) and on regional change management (adaptive measures, scenarios in the light of climate change, demographic change etc.). 

 The workshop was jointly organised by ISCAR (International Scientific Committee on Alpine Research), ALPARC (Network for Alpine Protected Areas) coordinated by the Task Force Protected areas of the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention and NeReGro (Network Regional Development and Protected Areas). Major results will be published 2012in eco.mont - Journal on Protected Mountain Areas Research and Management.

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 Chambéry Tourisme & Congrès, en partenariat avec la Ville de Chambéry, la DATAR, la Région Rhône-Alpes, le Conseil général de la Savoie, Grenoble Alpes-Métropole, Orange, Atout France et Hohneck consultants, vous invite à participer à deux journées de réflexion sur les solidarités et équilibres entre la ville et ses territoires de proximité, parcs et montagnes:

« Solidarités et équilibres entre ville et montagne »

Les 28 et 29 novembre 2013 au Centre de congrès le Manège, à Chambéry

Entrée gratuite sur inscription (bulletin ci-dessous)

Seront abordés et commentés au fil des études de cas cinq grands thèmes, représentatifs des massifs français:

1 - Liaisons plaine-massifs : se déplacer autrement
2 - Le numérique, un outil au service des équilibres et des solidarités entre ville et montagne
3 - Solidarités et équilibres sur le lien social et culturel
4 - Solidarités et équilibres sur le thème terroir et territoire
5 - Solidarités des villes vers les territoires de montagne de proximité

Vous trouverez le programme détaillé ci-dessous.

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Facilitating and supporting the creation of new enterprises is acknowledged as an important activity to maintain and reinforce the economic vitality of a territory and its enterprises. The Regional Nature Park Chartreuse is therefore encouraging and supporting the transfer of enterprises and the creation of new activities.

In partnership with the regional economic actors (intern and extern) the Park aims at support possible candidates with a project in Chartreuse in their efforts.

It therefore proposes:

1) An individualised assistance in order to help the potential candidates in the development of their project
2) Facilitating the exchanges with potential support structures
3) Access to relevant socio-economic data for the territory
4) Help in the search of available premises

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 The Alpine Week 2012 was held from 5 to 8 September in the Valposchiavo in Switzerland. The theme chosen for this year was “Renewable Alps”. For the first time in the history of the Alpine convention, the Alpine conference, which brings together the Ministers of the signatory states, took place during the Alpine Week.

The Alpine Week is one of the most important events for sustainable development within the Alpine range, bringing together French, Italian, Swiss, German, Austrian, Slovene and Liechtensteiner protagonists of all the major Alpine research networks (ISCAR ), districts (Alliance in the Alps ), NGOs (CIPRA ), protected areas (ALPARC ) and alpine clubs (CAA ). 

 At the centre of the week: the Alps and their protagonists. The aim: to inject new energy into existing initiatives for sustainable development in the Alps and encourage new ones. The idea of having the Alpine protagonists and representatives of the signatory states to the Alpine convention together under one roof proved a fruitful one. This meeting, has made it possible to encourage the emergence of new solutions and dynamics in mountain partnerships.

During the numerous thematic sessions held in parallel (about 30 in all), the participants at the Alpine Week were able to discover a wide range of sustainable initiatives in the Alps and explore themes as varied as the young, schooling, governance, carbon neutrality, mobility, architecture, light pollution, landscape, agriculture, businesses, tourism, immigration and the brown bear. 

A great success, therefore, thanks also to the committed involvement of the Valposchiavo region which, with its numerous assets, succeeded in creating an auspicious and exemplary framework for the theme of renewable Alps.