Nr 35 - December 2010

Dear friends

As the International Year of Biodiversity, 2010 has been full of projects, activities and times of incredible teamwork. We want to thank you for all your input. The recent ALPARC General Assembly in the Swiss National Park provided an opportunity to meet many network members and also saw the election of the new International Steering Committee. Some individuals will be staying to accompany ALPARC on its journey over the next two years. They will have a vital role to play in shaping the development of the network, its bodies and structure as we try to better meet the needs of Alpine protected areas and to strengthen the huge extended family of Alpine parks and reserves going forward.

The network needs you to contribute to this shared task. We have an exciting programme of activities scheduled for 2011, which was approved at the General Assembly in Switzerland. We are of course always ready and willing to provide information and assistance in relation to your day-to-day work.
We would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a new year full of health, happiness and a passion for cooperation between all protected areas in the Alps in 2011.

Guido Plassmann, Director Task Force Protected Areas - SPCA

News from the network ALPARC


ALPARC: an evolving network


The latest Alpine Network of Protected Areas activity report is now online and in printed form available! (...)


Job offer of the Task Force Protected Areas

Our team is looking for a collaborator for assistance in the realisation of the Multivision project and the stage of actualisation of ViViAlp during 2011/12. (...)


"The Wall": Less barriers, more life!


Stop – no way through! A giant wall blocks the way of pedestrians in Zurich/CH, Vienna/A, Munich/D, Ljubljana/SI, Milan/I and Lyon/F. For animals, it’s the same every day: streets and settlements increasingly fragment their migration routes. (...)


Common meeting of all ECONNECT partners


This 15th -16th November the meeting in Bolzano was the occasion to give a progress report on the project for all partners. The specific indicators of management and measures of connectivity to be adopted were indexed for each pilot area. (...)

A protected area in the spotlight


The Gruyère Pays d'Enhaut Regional Natural Park


Located in the Swiss cantons of Vaud and Fribourg, stretching from the Vaud riviera (Montreux) to Bulle, from Gstaad to Gruyères, the Gruyère Pays d'Enhaut Regional Natural Park is an unspoiled rural area in the foothills of the Alps but has also been a popular tourist destination since the 19th century. (...)

News from the protected areas


Park to park: comparing notes


The planned Adula Park (Switzerland) is interested in your experiences of managing hunting in the core zone (...)


The Serious Crisis in the Italian National Parks


The Italian national parks are going through a truly serious crisis.
Despite the action of the Italian Ministry of the Environment, the subsidies to help the national parks will not even be equal to their 2009 expenses. (...)


"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. (...)


The Ecological Footprint of the Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Nature Park


Among the integrated programmes of actions for the sustainable use of resources, the Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Nature Park has launched a project relating to the carbon footprint. (...)


Mountain House: Söder lays the cornerstone


On 4 October 2010, in glorious autumn weather, the Minister for the Environment of Bavaria, Dr Markus Söder, laid the cornerstone for the Haus der Berge (Mountain House) — the new environmental education and information centre in the Berchtesgaden National Park.

It is dued to open ending 2012 (...)

News from the Alps


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 and the Carpathian Convention. (...)


Declaration on biodiversity in Switzerland

The aim: to take action and to vigorously promote research over the next decade (...)



Why take the car all the time?


We use the car nearly every day: to go to work, to take the children to school, to go shopping, to go hiking, to go on holiday, even to go biking. But is it really necessary? Are there no other options? (...)


UNESCO- World Heritage Monte San Giorgio: Extension on Italian territory

The UNESCO-World Heritage Committee meeting approved the extension of the site Monte San Giorgo in Italy. (...)



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


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New Workshop: «Training and round table discussion on the topic of indicators of management effectiveness»

The Suisse Network of Parks and ALPARC (Alpine Network of Protected Areas are pleased to announce the next workshop: «Training and round table discussion on the topic of indicators of management effectiveness» of the protected areas, which will take place at Marbach/Escholzmatt in Switzerland from 16 to 18 March 2011.
This workshop will help you to familiarise with the topic of management indicators and to learn a common methodology for its application.
Please note as of now this date in your agenda!
For registration please contact .
Further information will be available soon.

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