During the last ALPARC council meeting on June 29th-30th, Dr. Peter Oggier, Director of the Pfyn-Finges Nature Park was elected as the new Alparc president. He is following Dr. Michael Vogel, Director of the National Park Berchtesgaden who retires after 14 years of Alparc presidency.

“I am looking forward to taking an active role in the Alparc network, this way facilitating international collaboration for the preservation of the alpine region in order to enable future generations to enjoy this special living environment”, Oggier states after his election. Peter Oggier studied Zoology at the Universities of Bern and Basel and was working and teaching in different fields including ornithology and wildlife corridors . Since 2004, he is director at the Pfyn Finges Nature Park which he founded on behalf of the municipalities.

Moreover, the council meeting in South Tyrol assigned Dott. Andrea Beltrame, President of the Prealpi Giulie Nature Park, as a new vice president.Andrea Beltrame has been active for almost forty years in the political life of the municipality of Resiutta. Since 2013 the retired entrepreneur is president of the Prealpi Giulie Nature Park. "I strongly believe in the potential of Alparc as an international network and I am highly interested in further improving its relationship to the national ministries and national park federations."

The new Alparc board is represented by the president Dr. Peter Oggier, the two vice presidents Christian Schwoehrer and Dott. Andrea Beltrame, the general secretary Dr. Roland Baier and the treasurer Mag. Peter Rupitsch.

Special thanks are given to the Province of Bolzano, and particularly Dr. Maria Magareth Pallhuber, Tre Cime Natur Park Coordinator, for having hosted the council meeting in Dobbiaco, South-Tyrol.

 

The GaYA project aims to increase the quality of democratic processes in the Alpine space by enhancing the inclusion of young people. The first stage of the project focused on an analysis of the situation of participatory democracy and youth participation in the Alpine regions and municipalities. With the support of all the partners, the Institute of Federalism at EURAC carried out a comparative study, including a questionnaire addressed to the Alpine regions (42 out of 48 regions answered) and interviews with 31 cities, towns and rural municipalities. 

A report with the results of this analysis will be presented in a conclusive workshop of the first stage in Bolzano (Italy) on 29th June. During the workshop it will be possible to discuss youth participation, its challenges and good practices in different policy fields with practitioners from different horizons. Please find the programme and the GaYA poster below.

If you are interested in participating in the conference, please contact EURAC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before June 20

Following the conference, the comparative report will be published and will be available in all Alpine languages by Autumn 2017.

Please, note that we are still searching for official observers who would like to follow more closely the work on the project, notably the upcoming pilot stage. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The WeWild project (2016-2018) got well under way with the first workshop which was organised in Vorarlberg in March 2017. 16 stakeholders from six Alpine countries attended the two-day event, thereby underlining the interest in a common, Alpine-wide communication strategy regarding the behaviour of snow sports participants.

The fruitful workshop discussions helped the working group to identify the major needs regarding such a joint strategy and to reveal potential risks. It also allowed for the collection of ideas for objectives, actions and tools. Valuable input came from the stakeholder presentations on information campaigns and from Nils Westerfeld’s presentation on factors influencing eco-friendly behaviour from outdoor sports participants.

By now and based on these workshop results, ALPARC has started working on a joint communication strategy that will also frame the creation of joint communication tools. ALPARC will launch a joint Alps-wide initiative that will bring together protected areas as well as other key players and interested partners. The initiative’s mission is to educate and raise awareness of outdoor recreationists in the Alps using international cooperation, exchange and communication. Based on a positive, non-regulatory attitude, its aim is to gain momentum, increase visibility of existing campaigns and contribute to eco-friendly behaviour in snow and outdoor sports. The initiative will have its own identity and will be promoted via a website and a video clip which will be released in 2018. Our members, protected areas and other partners will be given the opportunity to join the initiative by signing a common mission statement.

The upcoming milestones in 2017 are the finalisation of the communication strategy, the creation of the graphical identity, video and website as well as the second WeWild workshop to be held in November 2017 in Aree Protette dell’Ossola (IT).

Interested protected areas and other organisations are openly invited to join our initiative and contribute to its development. For any inquiry, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the ALPARC office.

By the end of the year, the Bavarian Parliament will express its opinion on the adjustments to the Regional Development Programme (Landesentwicklungsprogramm, LEP) and notably on the modification of the Alpine Plan (Alpenplan) that is an integral part of it.

Last autumn the issue of the modification of the Alpine Plan was raised by another consultation. On that occasion, two municipalities expressed their favor of such a modification in order to allow the construction of a connection between two ski resorts in the area of the Riedberger Horn.

Before proceeding with the modification, the Bavarian Parliament has called for two public consultations. The first one took place on 27th April and mostly involved experts. Land use, infrastructures, the relationship between urban and rural areas and the extent of autonomy for the local authorities are among the main topics discussed during the consultations. The second public hearing the Bavarian Parliament has called for is scheduled on 22nd June and will consult minorities.

ALPARC takes a very critical view of the modification and the “softening” of the Bavarian Alpine Plan which has been for several decades one of the most serious management and spatial planning tools in the entire Alps.

Further information concerning the topic can be found here, on the website of the Bavarian Parliament.

 

Further reads

Job, H., Mayer, M., & Kraus, F. (2014). The best idea Bavaria has ever had: the alpenplan. Land use planning of vision/Die beste idee, die bayern je hatte: der alpenplan. Raumplanung mit Weitblick. GAIA-Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, 23(4), 335-345.

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The 6th edition of this international symposium held every four years will be focused on the manifold aspects of the interrelation between protection aims, protected area management and the impacts on nature, society and regional economy in times of transition.

Researchers, protected areas managers, as well as individuals from governments, business, NGOs and the general public were invited to present and discuss topics that are highly significant for protected areas and are currently taken up by research.

The different session themes of the conference are currently being defined according to the contributions proposed and a final programme will be finalized in June 2017.

For further information and contacts you can visit the website of the organizer here.

 

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 13:10

Europark Federation Conference 2017

The annual EUROPARC Conference will take place in Portuguese Magic Mountains in the beginning of September 2017. It is the biggest event gathering protected area experts from across Europe. The theme of this year’s conference is “New voices, new visions, new values – for people and nature in Europe”: it will focus on new actors in protected areas management. Registration form is already open and available from the conference website found here.  

We are pleased to announce that the registration is now open for the international Conference and Exhibition: "The Wolf in the Alpine cultural landscape -  chances and challenges". 

The conference will take place from the 16th to the 18th of May 2017 in Sölk, Sölktäler Nature Park (Styria – Austria).

Please fill in the registration form attached and send it back to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the 2nd May 2017.

 

 

For further information on the Conference, please find attached the programme and practical information.

 

This event is co-organised by SÖLKTÄLER NATURE PARK with ALPARC.

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With the financial support of:

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In the frame of Interreg Alpine Space programme, the forum will include workshops on how to identify Alpine challenges and how to initiate and develop projects on an international scale with the help of digital tools. The event will be attended by the representatives of EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP). For more information, go to: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/newsroom/events/2017/03/meet-match-forum-together-we-move-mountains.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 08:23

"Youth at the Top"… with you?

Take part in the 3rd edition on 11th July 2017!

Putting young people back in contact with mountains and the Alps

The prior aim of the project is to make mountains accessible to all and the youngsters come from the local valleys or from cities.For them, it’s the opportunity to have a singular experience (often the first!) of night at high altitude, as a group; to re-engage with mountains through their emotion, observation, play, encounters, imagination, dreams or expression.This collective adventure, occurring simultaneously in different countries, also awakens the feeling of belonging to a common mountain range, to the Alps or to the Carpathians.To this end, the project draws on values common to education and mountains.

Taking part is…
For the organiser: "It brings three-fold satisfaction:1/ revealing this mountain nature to young people on an original occasion (a night walk with sunrise)  2/ the pleasure of hearing them talking about the experience; their feedback is a gift  3/ the pleasure of sharing this experience with them!"- Fug'en Cimes, Christophe Delahaye, 2016

For the youngsters: "it’s great!", "… a really awesome way to discover the Alps", "… a magnificent experience", "… a different way of getting out in the mountains", etc.
The 2016 edition brought together more than 500 young people and 150 adults in various countries.

•  Read the 2016 press release • Watch the 2016 mini-video  • Discover the details of the 2016 events


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The projects are (co-) run by the Alpine protected areas, youth workers, associations, refuges, communities, young independent adults, etc., with the participation of local professionals.Registration is open for the 11th to 12th July edition in the Alps and in the Carpathians.

Simply fill in the online form at: http://www.youth-at-the-top.org/en/register  before 12th April 2017.

Filling in the form does not commit you in any way; it simply says you are motivated to take part in the 2017 edition. Participation is free of charge; some expenses may be covered (subject to certain conditions). Don’t hesitate to contact the organisers for details and support.

 
New in 2017

For the 2017 edition all the organisers of the “Youth at the Top” event will be given a free copy of the “The Alps in my Backpack” teaching tool. Please ask for this when you register on line (terms of availability and distribution in the form).


See the detailed project-sheet : http://www.youth-at-the-top.org/en/news/item/134-what-is-youth-at-the-top

For any further information, please contact : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



This project is supported by the German Ministry of Environment and the Principality of Monaco.


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SUBMIT YOUR SESSION CONTRIBUTION NOW!

National Parks Austria & Hohe Tauern National Park are pleased to invite you to present your latest protected areas research at the 6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas, 2-4 November 2017. The symposium will be held at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Salzburg, Austria.

Call for contributions :
We invite you to submit presentations for the themed sessions listed below. Please enter your session contribution no later than 13 March 2017 online on www.nationalparksaustria.at/symposium2017.

 

For more information click here.