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Wednesday, 10 July 2013 02:00

Walking through the clouds

The essential is invisible to the eyes (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

With the project "Walking through the clouds" the National Park Gran Paradiso promotes soft mobility through the regulation of motorized traffic on the road to the Nivolet in the summer and encourages walking, cycling and shuttle use. 

On the weekends from 7 July to 25 August 2013, the road from the village SERRU to the pass is closed for private car transport. An opportunity to bike, walk or take the shuttle bus to explore a part of this paradise.

The Nivolet is a wonderful plateau of bogs and wetlands at 2,500 meters above sea level, drawn by the meanders of the Dora. It is the habitat of the ibex, chamois, marmots, ermines, foxes, migratory and resident birds and rare plant species.

As a popular destination for cyclists and hikers to enjoy the Nivolet, it changed - especially in the summer Sundays - more and more into a huge car park at high altitude. In the aim to create an alternative to this alienation, incompatible with the objectives of a national park, this project, which also includes the revitalization of the entire area with high-quality tourist services, was launched in 2003.

Turn off the engine and listen to the mountains - The program 2013

The document contains 40 representative experiments and projects relating to Alpine protected area policy on the promotion of sustainable tourism and support for the local culture in all its guises.

Published in Dossiers

An inventory of data relating to visitor numbers, amenities and the tourism infrastructure in Alpine protected areas in order to evaluate the impact on the regional economy.

Published in Dossiers

The Alpine Protected areas as promoters of soft mobility.

Brochure published in the framework of the international seminar « Soft mobility and alpine protected areas » (ALPARC - MEEDDAT/F, 2008). 

Published in Brochures
Friday, 28 March 2014 01:00

Soft Mobility and Alpine Protected Areas

 Synthesis of the results of the international seminar "Sustainable mobility and Alpine Protected Areas " (June 11th 2008, L’Argentière-la-Bessée/F) and the soft mobility report on existing projects in the Alpine Protected Areas.

Sharing of experiences and Know-how concerning sustainable mobility continue in the framework of the ALPARC’s working groupSustainable Tourism, Cultural Heritage and Soft Mobility ”, coordinated by the Vercors Natural Park/F and the coordination unit of ALPARC network.

Published in Dossiers

 This collection of best practices was gathered during in a first survey in the Alpine Protected Areas. It will regularly be updated with new experiences. If you wish to contribute, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Publication: 2009, Alparc edition

Action sheets available in at least two languages

Please consider that the action sheets are always available in the original language of the participating protected area, as well as translated into French and/or English.  

Published in Dossiers