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On the occasion of a rewarding ceremony organised by the french presidency of the Platform “Ecological network” of the Alpine Vonvention in the frame of the XIth Ministers conference in Brdo (Slovenia) beginning of March 2011, 8 pilot regions have been thanked and congratulated for their exemplary work carried out…
The ALPARC (Alpine Network of Protected Areas) Large carnivores working group was created during the ALPARC Conference in Belluno in 1999. Over the course of various thematic meetings, the group has taken shape, defining objectives and practical activities to be undertaken. The group has worked incredibly hard, notably on preserving large carnivores in the Alps; providing accurate biological and demographic information about bears, wolves and lynx; investigating strategies that can promote the social, economic and cultural conditions that will allow humans and these three species to coexist; experimenting with solutions that can be used to resolve conflicts, and establishing a…
50 questions to orient research about ecological connectivity
 Tracking knowledge on ecological connectivity in the Alps: the 50 most important questions on ecological connectivity in Alps have just been identified It was in Liestal, Switzerland, that a group of 20 scientists and practitioners from all alpine countries and different specialties met the 6th and 7th December in order…
 In 2009 the ALPARC “Joint Communication and Environmental Education ” working group initiated the project to create a new and attractive joint communication tool for the visitor centres of the protected areas. This project can at last become reality in 2011 thanks to the financial and concrete investment (several hundred…
Tourism and Disability: Label awarded to the Ecrins National Park House
 From the outset this project was stamped with the will to be exemplary... the Park House, situated in the village of La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar has just been awarded the “Tourism and Disability” label for these four types of disability: motor, sight, hearing and mental, to the delight of the entire team…
The otter returns to the Alps
 Otters continue to astonish the scientific community. For decades, the otter was on the brink of extinction but the population is now growing rapidly without any human assistance. Sightings of the mammals, which are part of the weasel family (Mustelidae), are becoming more common throughout the Alps, particularly in Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The species was seriously endangered in the 19th century, when otters were hunted down both for their fur and because they were believed to be rapacious predators of fish. A ban on hunting otters failed to halt the population's decline, which was primarily caused by damage…
"Change is the only constant"
That is the opening line of the pocket-sized brochure produced for the new educational trail through the glacier foreland in the Lötschental (Switzerland), but applies equally to the recently opened Wilde John educational walking trail in the Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria. Both trails are designed to educate visitors about changes in the landscape, both naturally occurring and those caused by human activity, with the information being conveyed in very different ways and targeting different age groups. The "Wilde John " path is aimed at young visitors; it teaches through a tale the history of the ‘Johnsbach’. In this…
International exchange meeting on “ecological connectivity” between the Alps and the Carpathians in Mikulov (CZ)
 From 20th to 23rd September 2010 an international exchange meeting between experts on ecological connectivity from the Alps and the Carpathians was held in Mikulov (CZ). This meeting was organised in the frame of the Memorandum of Cooperation signed in 2008 between the Convention on biological diversity (CBD), the Alpine…
Those Responsible for Education about the Environment Motivated for Transalpine Cooperation
“The first time I took part in exchanges with the REEMA was at the workshop organised in Zernez during the Alparc meeting. I saw men and women responsible for education on the environment in the protected areas of the Alpine massif. They were gathered around a table and on that…
Using "The Wall" to raise awareness of landscape fragmentation
 The Ecological Continuum Initiative has developed a very unusual communication tool: a large wall that can easily be set up in a public space or a pedestrian zone to restrict access. The barrier illustrates the difficulties that roads and conurbations create for wildlife by cutting off their migratory routes. The…