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  Under this link you can download the first newsletter of the HABIT-CHANGE project. This issue is dedicated to the project work until the mid-term. Since dissemination of results will become more important in the second half of the running time the upcoming issues are going to focus on that.…
New tasks ahead: Mountain protected areas in Europe must seek for an active role in regional development
 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…
ECONNECT: from ecological islands to ecological networks in the Alps
 Under the umbrella of the ECONNECT project , during three years, 16 international partners worked towards extending and protecting the Alpine ecological network. The results of their work were presented in Berchtesgaden, Germany, from 26th to 28th September 2011. Ecological connectivity, namely the way how habitats are physically connected and…
CIME_1 – Management measures of protected areas: a catalogue to top all off!
  The subject is of great topical interest: how can we assure a larger effectiveness of the alpine protected areas’ management measures? How can we monitor the effectiveness during the time?An increasing number of protection authorities as ministries and local communities request to protected areas managers a veritable evaluation, in…
Renewable energies in Alpine protected areas: Conflicting interests and the need for action in the view of protected areas
 Based on interviews with 21 alpine protected areas, the report “Renewable energies in Alpine protected areas” shows the conflicts between the protection and the use regarding the production of renewable energies as well as possible strategies. The study has been elaborated by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences (SAS)…
Tuesday, 06 September 2011

A dozen Parks with a national label

A dozen Parks with a national label
 A happy day for the Swiss parks: 8 parks got the label “Parks of national importance” by the Swiss federation. In December 2007, the legal basis for the creation of new parks came into force. Therefore new parks next to the Swiss Nationalpark , which exists now for almost 100…
Switzerland celebrates the centenary of the ibex reintroduction in the Alps
  At the beginning of the XX century, the ibex, an animal proper to the Alps, was threatened with extinction because of the high hunting pressure. Only the population of Gran Paradiso managed to survive, thanks to a law enacted by the king Vittorio Emmanuele II of Savoy.The 8th May…
Culture in the Nationalpark Ecrins: archive and sound recordings
 The Ecrins National Park created, with the initiative of the Centre of Alpine Orality (General Council of Hautes-Alpes ), an archive of documentaries and sound creations, recorded mainly in the alpine massif. These archives, a contribution to memories of the territory, are available on the webpage “Pierres qui roulent ”.…
 The decision was taken by the region of Geneva and the local Swiss and French municipalities: from April 2011, the road between Mategnin (Meyrin / GE, Switzerland) and France will be removed through populations of amphibians! The Nature reserves "Les marais des Crêts " and "Les marais des Fontaines", where…
Natural Balance (Equilibri Naturali) – a new environmental education project
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…