The International Conference on the Future of Mountain Agriculture in the Alps will take place on 13th-14th September 2017 in St. Johann im Pongau, Salzburg.

The conference will be an occasion to discuss about the perspectives of mountain agriculture within the framework defined by the future developments of CAP 2020. The participants will have the chance to discuss the future challenges and opportunities for farms and forestry enterprises in the Alps.

Further details of the agenda and practical information are available here.

The registration is open until 22nd August 2017 through the form here.

German, French, Italian and Slovenian are the conference languages. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

For further information please contact landwirtschaftimalpenraum[@]


The conference is organized by BMLFUW, the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture and the Austrian Rural Network under the Austrian Presidency of the Alpine Convention.

On 10th-12th October 2017 the high level representatives from the seven countries of the Carpathian Convention will gather in Lillafüred, Hungary and meet many stakeholders from the region, as well as from the European and international levels.

The Conference of the Parties is the main decision-making body of the Carpathian Convention. The Fifth Meeting (COP5) will address different issues and topics such as the adoption of a new Protocol on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development, the inclusion of a new Article 12bis on “Climate Change” and a high-level panel discussion on the future of the Carpathian region.

The Conference will also host the meetings concerning the implementation of the thematic protocols already adopted in the framework of the Carpathians Convention (i.e. the Protocol on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological and Landscape Diversity, the Protocol on Sustainable Forest Management and the Protocol on Sustainable Tourism).

The event is going to be a relevant step to further strengthen sustainable development and ensure the protection of biological, landscape and cultural diversity in the Carpathian region.

The registration is currently open through the form available here.

For further practical information and the agenda, visit the website of the conference here.


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The International Conference that took place on the 16th-18th of May in Sölk, Sölktäler Nature Park (Styria, Austria) on "The Wolf in the alpine cultural landscape – chances and challenges" has gathered about 100 of participants. There has been some interesting debate and the subject was actively discussed in the presence of Marianne Elmi, Deputy Secretary General of the Alpine Convention.


For further information, please click on this link.

The event was co-organised by SÖLKTÄLER NATURE PARK and ALPARC.


Living conditions in rural areas have changed radically over the past few decades. Many regions manifest a tendency towards depopulation. For women in particular, there is a lack of sufficient means to earn a living. Infrastructure is poor, many learning opportunities such as childcare or schooling are absent. And right-wing populists happen to be especially successful in rural areas when it comes to vote catching.

At the Alpine Conference, we debate structural policies, value creation and cosmopolitanism with experts, decision makers and members of the public. We are looking forward to a cross-national and transdisciplinary exchange on the topic of "Life and Economic Activity in Rural Areas".

Organizer: Grüne Bildungswerkstatt Vorarlberg

Wien, 05.10.2016 (UWD). Die europäischen Naturschutzregelungen Fauna-Flora-Habitat- und Vogelschutzrichtlinie (FFH- und VS-RL) sind Grundlage für die Einrichtung von mittlerweile mehr
als 270 Natura 2000-Gebieten in Österreich. Obwohl die Richtlinien seit 1995 in Österreich in Kraft sind, bestehen immer noch Vorurteile und Ängste, wenn es um die Ausweisung neuer
Gebiete und die Umsetzung von Projekten geht. Einerseits, weil Österreich in der Schutzgebietsausweisung seit Jahren zu den EU-Schlusslichtern zählt und dadurch Verunsicherung
besteht, andererseits, weil diverse Vorurteile – wie etwa wirtschaftliche Benachteiligung durch eine Schutzgebietsausweisung – kursieren. Der Umweltdachverband beauftragte daher im
Rahmen des von EU und Bund geförderten Gemeinschaftsprojekts „“ (Projektpartner BirdLife Österreich und WWF Österreich) die Technische Universität Wien (TU), den Zusammenhang zwischen Natura 2000 und Wirtschaft in einer umfassenden Studie zu erforschen.

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Thursday, 13 October 2016 15:40

Alpine Nature 2030 - publication

Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come


The book Page Titre Nature2030"Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come" is published by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and  Nuclear Safety (BMUB). 
The Federal Ministry for the Environment considers the creation of an ecological network in Europe to be crucial for achieving a global network of protected areas as envisaged in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In this context, the spatial connectivity of protected areas and transboundary protected areas plays an important role in the implementation of the Alpine Convention. Article 12 of the Nature Protection and Landscape Conservation Protocol of the Alpine Convention envisages the creation of an ecological network.

The publication has been published in partnership with ALPARC, the University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna and Blue! .


This publication is available as e-paper .

Open the publication as e-paper

You can order the publication at :



"Life needs connectivity- Three love stories" - 3 video clips

Frise 3 animaux

Ecological connectivity is needed on land, under water and in the air to safeguard biodiversity for future generations.

The three video clips "Life needs connectivity.Three love stories" are made by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation,  Building and  Nuclear Safety (Germany ) in partnership with ALPARC, University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna and Blue! in the frame of the work of the publication " Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come " . 

Video produced by MischiefVisit. 

Visit our Youtube page and have a look at these 3 video clips!



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Monday, 01 February 2016 16:23

Tourism supporting biodiversity

A manual on applying the CBD guidelines on biodiversity and tourism development, published by UNEP and CBD in 2015:

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 The Ecological Continuum Initiative has published a new series of fact sheets for local stakeholders in German, French and Italian language that are now available online.

The fact sheets are not only informative brochures; their main objective is to put the ideas into action. This is why their target group are the stakeholders, who directly implement ecological networks (e.g. from the ECONNECT pilot regions).

The series of these ten fact sheets covers the most important fields of work, where connectivity measures should be implemented: agriculture, forestry, water management, hunting and fishing, spatial planning, transports, nature protection, tourism, municipalities, and other important players in the establishment of ecological networks.

Each fact sheet will explain the importance from its perspective, regarding ecological connectivity and list concrete measures that stakeholders will be encouraged to implement. Furthermore, good-practice examples from the Alps will be presented in each fact sheet and will show that connectivity measures do work. These good examples will motivate the stakeholders to imitate them. 

The printable pdf version of the fact sheets on nature protection, agriculture, transports, landscape planning, water management and forestry are already available for download at:

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 02:00

Programme MEKA Prés fleuris

 Rapport de synthèse du Voyage d'étude effectué dans le Land du Bade-Wurtemberg/D en juillet 2007.

Philippe Mestelan, mission agri-environnement au Parc naturel régional du Massif des Bauges – SUACI Alpes Jura / Christine de Sainte Marie, agro-économiste INRA, UR 767 Ecodéveloppement, Avignon 

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