Nr 33 - September 2010

With this Nr 33, we open a new section "a protected area under the spotlight". Each ALPARC newsletter will be the occasion to discover one protected area from our network. We start this section with the Nature Park Nagelfluhkette, a young park with an interesting and particular status: it is a transboundary park, between Germany and Austria. I you are also interested for a presentation of your protected area in our newsletter, please get in touch!


LAST MINUTE: it is still possible to register for our General Assembly of ALPARC and for the International Conference "Wilderness and Biodiversity", which will take place in Zernez, in the Swiss National Park in October!


Reminder: it is also still possible to participate in our enquiry about large carnivores management, by filling in this questionnaire until September the 30th. Thanks for your collaboration!

A protected area in the spotlight


Naturpark Nagelfluhkette


Established in 2008, the Nagelfluhkette Nature Park brings together communities in the southern Allgäu and the Vorderer Bregenzerwald. It is the first nature park to span the border between Germany and Austria. (...)

News from the network ALPARC


“The Wall”: a concrete example for all

This event, organised by the partners of the Ecological Continuum Initiative, consists in putting up a factitious wall in 6 big alpine cities: Zürich for Switzerland, Milan for Italy, Münich for Germany, Ljubljana for Slovenia, Lyon for France and Vienna for Austria, on the 20th of October 2010. (...)


Postcards: more additions to the family!


The collection of ALPARC postcards is expanding again, with a new “protected area” card: the Swiss National Park, and three new « theme » cards, two to mark cooperation with the Carpathians, the third illustrating the biological wealth of the Alps, in this International Year of Biodiversity. (...)


ECONNECT photo contest

Amateurs and professional photographers are invited by the ECONNECT's project partners to participate in a photo contest! (...)


Eco.mont and the year of biodiversity

Biodiversity is the key word of this new edition of eco.mont. Who ever thought that biodiversity protection means the conservation of species is certainly not wrong but this is only the “top of the iceberg” of the enormous complexity of the topic. (...)

News from the protected areas


One more ViViAlp terminal


The Ecrins National Park in France has just installed its second ViViAlp terminal as part of the redevelopment of the la Chapelle en Valgaudemar visitor centre. (...)


Eco-construction in parks: the Baronnies Provençales innovate with lavender straw


The Pnr project leaders are already convinced that eco-construction is an economic and ecological stake in the park’s future; they are supporting an original local initiative: a prototype of a modular bioclimatic house, particularly adapted to tourist accommodation. (...)


The first wildlife centre in the Italian Alps dedicated to wolves has opened.

The Alpi Marittime Regional Park's Wildlife Centre begins by offering visitors young and old, from novices to wildlife experts, a chance to learn more about these animals. (...)


Tre Cime Nature Park: a new name for the nature park in the Sexten Dolomites


The Sexten Dolomites Nature Park in Toblach, Sexten and Innichen, in the Puster Valley, South Tyrol has a new name: from now on it will be known as the Tre Cime Nature Park (Drei Zinnen in German, the second official language). Henceforth, the nature park will bear the name of the three iconic peaks whose world-famous north faces are the most impressive natural feature in the protected area. (...)


Climate School: Hohe Tauern National Park & Verbund


In conjunction with Austria's leading energy provider, Verbund, the Hohe Tauern National Park has launched a new project to teach schoolchildren about climate issues, energy and climate change. (...)


UNESCO announces selection of 13 new Biosphere Reserves

Paris, 2 June – The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme has added 13 new sites and 7 extensions in 15 different countries to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), which now numbers 564 sites in 109 countries. (...)

News from the Alps


Approaches, tools and activities for implementing a pan-Alpine ecological network


A new report “Implementing a Pan-Alpine Ecological Network - A Compilation of Major Approaches, Tools and Activities” on the alpine activities on ecological connectivity over the past years has been published in the series “BfN Skripten” of the German Federal Agency of Nature Protection. (...)


25th bearded vulture released in the Alps


For the 25th time bearded vultures could be released in the Alps this year. A nice jubilee which becomes even more convincing by the results of an international cooperation for the monitoring of the species. Under the Umbrella of ALPARC and the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) numerous collaborators from Alpine protected areas and other institutions form the "International Bearded vulture Monitoring (IBM). (...)



  A protected area in the spotlight
  News from the network ALPARC
  News from the protected areas
  News from the Alps


  20/09/2010 to 23/09/2010  Mikulov
    Alpine-Carpathian exchange on ecological networks - Implementing the MoC
  29/09/2010 to 01/10/2010  Windischgarsten / Rosenau
    2nd Wilderness Days in the Kalkalpen National Park
  04/10/2010 to 09/10/2010  Sondrio
    SONDRIO FESTIVAL 2010 - International Documentary Film Festival on Parks
  06/10/2010 to 09/10/2010  Munich
    Forum Alpinum 2010
  11/10/2010  BIOS Nationalparkzentrum Mallnitz
    Wenn der Berg ins Tal kommt – Klimawandel im Alpenraum
  14/10/2010 to 16/10/2010  Semmering
    « Les Alpes en mutation : les régions périphériques entre abandon et espoir ? »
  19/10/2010 to 20/10/2010  Zernez
    1st Workshop “Mountain Environmental Education in Alpine Protected Areas”
    “The Wall”: a concrete example for all
  20/10/2010 to 23/10/2010  Zernez
    VII. General Assembly and International Conference of the network ALPARC
  28/10/2010 to 29/10/2010  BIOS Nationalparkzentrum Mallnitz
    Jugend & Klima Klimawandel ein Thema für die Schule
  08/11/2010 to 09/11/2010  Villars-sur-Glâne, next Fribourg
    SWIFCOB 10 - La biodiversité en Suisse après 2010

focus on...


The Swiss National Park, is organising this autumn various ALPARC events (see calendar above). It has also completely updated his website, which is know translated in 5 languages and bursting with information:
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