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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 14:21

Alparc General Assembly 2017

The fifth General Assembly was held on January 27 2017 in Admont, traditionally within the context of the yearly Memorial Danilo Re (22nd edition) which took place in the Gesäuse National park (AT). The Memorial and General Assembly coincided with the 15th anniversary of the Gesäuse national park and with the start of the Alpine Convention presidency for Austria.

23 of the network’s members were present at the assembly, which validated the official reports of the president, treasurer and director for 2016. The members agreed that 2016 was a very successful year for Alparc, notably with the assignment of three Interreg Alpine Space projects. You can read the full 2016 activity report here in all Alpine languages.

The 2017 General Assembly elected as well a new Alparc board and council. Michael Vogel was designated Alparc interim president until July 2017 in order to prepare the mission of a new president. Therefore, and in recognition of his long-lasting efforts and merits for ALPARC, the General Assembly appointed him Honorary President of Alparc. ALPARC is particularly grateful to the outgoing board and council members for their efforts and work during their mandates. We warmly welcome the new members of the ALPARC board and council and look forward to a good and fruitful collaboration in the next four years. You find a list of the newly elected board and council below.

The General Assembly also agreed on a 4-year pilot project for a more decentralized management of the ALPARC activities, with a first support platform in the Nagelfluhkette nature park. This step should reinforce the links to smaller protected area management structures and use synergies with the Alliance in the Alps network of municipalities (AIDA).

The accomplishment of the 2016-2017 working programme is well advanced. In 2017, the activities of the Alparc coordination unit will focus on project implementation, especially on AlpBioNet2030 (lead partner, Interreg Alpine Space), YourAlps (lead partner, Interreg Alpine Space), GaYA (partner, Interreg Apine Space) and the projects GreenConnect, Youth at the Top and WeWild.

ALPARC Board (2017- 2021)

Interim-president                           Michael Vogel, Director Berchtesgaden National park (DE)

Vice president                               Christian Schwoehrer, Director ASTERS (FR)

Vice president                               Paolo Salsotto, President Regional park Alpi Marittime (IT)

Secretary General                         Peter Oggier, Director Pfyn-Finges Regional nature park (CH)

Treasurer                                       Peter Rupitsch, Director Hohe Tauern National park (Carinthia, AT)

 

ALPARC Council  (2017- 2021)

FRANCE (4 seats + 2 seats for the financing member regions)

-          Christian Schwoehrer (ASTERS)

-          Pierre Commenville (Les Ecrins, NP)

-          Gilberte Bremond (Les Baronnies provençales, PNR)

-          Eva Aliacar (Vanoise, NP)
 
-          Marc Joanny (Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)

-          Geneviève Borodine – sous réserve - (Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes)

ITALY (4 seats)

-          Andrea Bertrame (President, Prealpe Giulie, NatP)

-          Claudio La Ragione (Orobie Valtelinesi, NatP)

-          Maria Margareth Pallhuber (Naturparks Alto Adige)

-          Paolo Salsotto (President, Alpi Marittime, NatP)

AUSTRIA (3 seats)

-          Erich Mayrhofer (Kalkalpen, NP)

-          Peter Rupitsch (Hohe Tauern, NP)

-          Franz Handler (VNÖ – Federation of Austrian Nature Parks)

SWITZERLAND (2 seats)

-          Peter Oggier (Pfyn-Finges, NatP)

-          Christian Stauffer (Network Swiss Parks)

SLOVENIA (1 seat)

-          Andre Arih (Triglav, NP)

GERMANY (1 seat)

-          Michael Vogel (ad-interim, Berchtesgaden, NP)

Liechtenstein (1 seat)

-          Helmut Kindle (Ministry)

Monaco (1 seat)

-          Astrid Claudel-Rusin (Ministry)

ALPARC Staff

-          Dominik Cremer-Schulte

Monday, 30 January 2017 17:28

22 Memorial Danilo Re: a winter’s tale

The 2017 edition of the international Memorial Danilo Re, the official games for Alpine protected area rangers and protected area staff, took place from January 26 to 28 in the Gesäuse National park in Styria (Austria). In fairy tale-like winter conditions, more than 150 participants from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Slovenia competed in four disciplines in the small sport resort of Kaiserau close to Admont. As every year, the event also was the occasion for rangers, park staff and directors to meet, exchange and network.

 

Memorial Danilo Re as good start for the Austrian presidency of the Alpine Convention
After the traditional parade of the teams accompanied by torch light and traditional Styrian music through the streets of Admont, the Secretary General of the Alpine Convention Markus Reiterer, in the name of the Alpine states, warmly welcomed the 36 teams and their supporters. For Austria, which took over the presidency of the Alpine Convention in October 2016, Günter Liebel of the Federal Ministry for the Environment highlighted the radiant character of the event for the start of the presidency period. Both officials underlined the importance of the Memorial Danilo Re as unique and connecting event in the Alps, that perfectly communicates the joint efforts to preserve this valuable natural and cultural space that are the Alps to the greater public.

 

Platform for exchange: seminar on the nature interpretation approach
The Memorial Danilo Re has for years provided an optimal platform for the exchange of those employees from the Alpine protected areas who are responsible for monitoring, education and knowledge transfer. A broad professional task field, which is not only challenging, but also vital to man and nature. Within the framework of the memorial, expertise, exchange and dialogue are combined and bundled. This year, the focus of the seminar laid on a contemporary education and knowledge transfer method, the nature interpretation approach.

 

The Danilo Re Trophy: overall victories for Germany (men) and Austria (women)
Giant slalom, cross-country skiing and shooting - these are not only the disciplines that form the core of Olympic winter games, but also precisely the sports - supplemented by ski mountaineering - within which the participants were able to compete. Similar to the Olympic spirit, participation and joy stood in the foreground of the games, which offered a challenge for all.


The overall victory went to Nationalpark Berchtesgaden (DE, Team 2), followed by Parc Naziunal Svizzer (CH, Team 1) and the mixed team Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso (IT)/Parc National de la Vanoise (FR). For the ladies, Nationalpark Hohe Tauern (AT, Team 2) was able to defend its title ahead of Nationalpark Berchtesgaden (DE, Team 1) and Parco dell’ Adamello (IT, Team 2). The team from Berchtesgaden is therefore well prepared for the 23rd edition of the Danilo Re Trophy in 2018, which will take place in their National Park.

A big thank you to all the 36 teams who took part in this 22nd edition, and special thanks to the team of the Nationalpark Gesäuse and the other local organizers for making the event happen in perfect conditions. See you all, hopefully, in Berchtesgaden (DE) in January 2018.


Click here to see the photos of the event

See the detailed results by downloading the document below.


Source: The text is partly based on the press release (German) of the Nationalpark Gesäuse(30/01/2017) available below

Triglavski narodni park (SI) and Parco Naturale Prealpi Giulie (IT) in the Julian Alps are both founding members of ALPARC. Transboundary cooperation between the two parks dates back to 1996. In the following years common EU projects reinforced the partnership and in 2009, the transboundary Julian Alps Ecoregion, which also includes Slovenia’s Julian Alps MAB UNESCO Area, was officially awarded the EUROPARC Transboundary Certificate. In 2014, the transboundary cooperation was re-awarded; in the same year, the region has been declared Official Pilot Region for Ecological Connectivity of the Alpine Convention.

Recently, another milestone in transboundary cooperation has been achieved. On the 7th of Decembre, the protected area managements were officially awarded with the European Charter for sustainable tourism certificate in Brussels. This successful application makes the Julian Alps Ecoregion Europe’s first transboundary park holding this certificate. Both, the Triglav national park and the Prealpi Giulie nature park see the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas as an extraordinary opportunity to develop their region sustainably.

Further reading
EUROPARC website: http://www.europarc.org/julian-alps-transboundary-ecoregion/

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With the aim to make a vast amount of data available to naturalists, tourists and other interested users online (e.g. trails, information on and observations of species), the Ecrins national park has developed open source tools since 2012. This makes them available to other protected areas. Why not also to you?

Biodiv’Ecrins is the most recent application. With this online portal, the national park has made accessible 500,000 observations of more than 4,000 species of the park’s flora and fauna, gathered since its creation in 1973. This atlas presents in a unique manner the region’s biodiversity. Rangers feed it with observations in real time via tablet. Behind the application stands the tool Geonature-Atlas, an open source application developed by the national park staff. Its open source character and its adaptability make it highly transferable. It is possible to feed the Atlas with any kind of database. 

The approach grounds on the experience of the national park with Geotrek: Geotrek is a management and online valorisation tool of trail networks. It enables the users to manage a trail network comprehensively (signs, trail works) and valorize the touristic offer along itineraries and routes by the integration of local natural and cultural sites. Published under an open source licence, more than 40 protected areas and other organisations in France already use Geotrek. It is available in French, German, Italian and English and can easily be translated to other languages. For examples, see the web portals and smartphone applications of the Ecrins national park Rando Ecrins (hiking offer) and Grand Tour of the Ecrins (route tourism offer).

Please contact Camille Monchicourt if you are interested in these tools.

More about
Geonature-Atlas
the Geotrek user community

Other Geotrek sites to explore:
Maritimme Mercantour
PNR du Vercors
Parc national de la Vanoise
Parc national des Cévennes

Following an international seminar held in March 2016, the operational unit of ALPARC has been coordinating the drafting of a common strategy and awareness-raising tools to reduce impact on wildlife in the Alps.


The year 2016 has been marked by the launch of a working group within the ALPARC network covering the handling of mountain sports and outdoor activities in winter. On 3 and 4 March, an international seminar in the Massif des Bauges Natural Park brought together over 45 participants from different sectors and from throughout the Alps. They stressed the fundamental need to share methods and experiences and develop a common approach at an Alps-wide level.


A common communication strategy for large protected areas and beyond


A first step in this direction is the We respect Alpine Wildlife (WeWild) project coordinated by the operational unit of ALPARC. Over the next two years (2017-2018), this project aims to strengthen the links between the various initiatives at an Alpine level. Based on a collaborative approach with two workshops in 2017 and with a final conference in 2018, the project aims to develop a common communication strategy. It will provide the first tools for raising awareness, which will then be made available to a multitude of stakeholders in the Alps. Among these will be a website, which will also serve as a resource centre, and a “teaser” video clip drawing attention to the theme. WeWild will recruit members of the ALPARC working group – including several Alpine protected areas – as well as new players such as businesses in the “outdoor” sector.


Background information


Today, mountain sports and outdoor activities in winter are changing dramatically. Experts note an expansion of these activities in terms of time (throughout winter, all day) and space. Studies show that this shift has significant and detrimental effects on Alpine fauna, which is particularly vulnerable during the winter months. This problem requires a greater awareness among practitioners of these activities and among visitors to sensitive sites in order to enable a coexistence between man and wildlife.


The WeWild project has been selected as part of Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment's (BMUB) call for projects in 2016 with regard to special “environmental protection” postage stamps. Every two years, the Ministry supports projects proposed by environmental associations through the sale of a special postage stamp. As part of the German Presidency of the Alpine Convention 2015-2016, the 2016 edition of the stamp is called “The Alps – Diversity in Europe”.

04 annonce WeWild timbre BMUB                 Bundesministerium für Umwelt Naturschutz Bau und Reaktorsicherheit Logo.svg

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 14:48

ALPBIONET2030 – project launch

ALPBIONET2030 project will enable ALPARC and the 14 other partners to refine the work already achieved on alpine ecological connectivity in these past years. The project objectives include the drawing up of strategic areas maps in and around the Alpine region (Strategic Alpine Connectivity Areas – SACA), the development of a strategy of wild fauna management in cooperation with various actors and a deepen work on mediation tools in order to answer to conflicts which could appear during the implementation of ecological network.


The project was officially launched at the occasion of the Kick off meeting in Vienna (Austria), the 1st and 2nd of last December. This event has gathered the project partners, numerous observers and different personality from alpine institutions.  Thus, the General Secretary of the alpine Convention Mr. Markus Reiterer, the German focal point for alpine Convention, Mrs. Silvia Reppe, the President of the Ecological Network Platform of the alpine Convention, Mr. Thierry Boisseaux, among others, discussed about the importance of this project in an alpine and macro-regional context.


The recent publication « Alpine Nature 2030 – Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come » has marked the completion of an important preparation work, which pass now to a more operational phase, particularly through ALPBIONET2030 project. Protected areas from ALPARC network, which are present among partners, will play a key role in these activities, especially as pilot territories for the project results implementation.

Monday, 28 November 2016 09:57

Thumbs down for the “Adula Park”

The majority of the municipalities concerned voted this weekend against their participation in the new Adula National Park. Pro Natura regrets this negative vote and speaks of a wasted opportunity. However, the organisation is encouraged that broad support for the idea of sustainable development and respect for nature has been expressed and recognised.

The “Adula Park” option did not win a majority vote this weekend in the municipalities concerned. After sixteen years of work carried forward with discernment and tenacity, the “Adula Park” must be abandoned, at least in its present form. Pro Natura regrets this vote. “There was no majority in the communities involved. It’s a shame,” declares Silva Semadeni, president of Pro Natura. “But the public debates have, however, shown the emergence of a strong and active minority that wants a regional development that is sustainable and respectful of nature.” These voices will have to be heard in future development projects. Pro Natura hopes that the project for the “Adula Park” will serve as a model for other sustainable ideas to develop the region together – with nature and not against it.


Additional information:


Silva Semadeni, president of Pro Natura, tel: (+41) 079 385 53 57
Christian Bernasconi, Pro Natura Ticino, tel. (+41) 079 262 16 51
Jacqueline von Arx, Pro Natura Grisons, tel. (+41) 079 792 23 52
Nicolas Wüthrich, public information officer, (+41) 079 212 52 54, nicolas.wuthrich@pronatura.ch

This press release is also available in German, Italian and from www.pronatura.ch/medias.

The registration is open for the 22nd Edition of the “Danilo Re Memorial” that will take place from the 26th to the 29th of January 2017 in Admont (Austria) in the Gesäuse National Park.

Set up your team and register via the online form. On the official website you will also find the programme and some additional information.

Please complete your registration before the 31th of December

Thematic seminar : “ Interpreting the Alps “
This year the thematic seminar will take place in a workshops format on the topic : 


“INTERPRETING THE ALPS” – “How do I connect heart and mind with the alpine landscape?“


The workshops will give an insight into the heritage interpretation approach including some practical experience. It will be run by members from Interpret Europe, the European Association for Heritage Interpretation. Each workshop is facilitated by a native speaker in one of the Alpine languages French, German, Italian and Slovenian, as well as in English.


ALPARC General Assembly 2017   
As usual the General Assembly of ALPARC will take place during the Danilo Re Memorial on the 27th of January 2017.  All the ALPARC members are kindly invited to participate.
If you are an ALPARC member you can make your hotel reservation online with the registration form by join your team or as a single person (supporter). In case you will attend only the General Assembly ALPARC please contact ALPARC for further information for accommodation.

We look forward to seeing in Admont!

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 „gREen.watch“ (Projektpartner BirdLife Österreich und WWF Österreich) die Technische Universität Wien (TU), den Zusammenhang zwischen Natura 2000 und Wirtschaft in einer umfassenden Studie zu erforschen.

Mehr unter: http://www.umweltdachverband.at/inhalt/die-maer-vom-wirtschaftshindernis-natura-2000-aktuelle-studie-schafft-klarheit?ref=89

Vollständige Pressemitteilung auf Deutsch 

Download Studie "Natura 2000 und Wirtschaft"

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On the 4th of November 2016 the University of Geneva together with the University of Lausanne  organizes in Leysin a lifelong learning day on the topic: " Mountains of Switzerland- Developement and the landscape" about the role of the landscape in mountains developement's projects.

Further information about registration and fees are available on this website.

https://www.unige.ch/formcont/montagne/

 

 

 

 

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