ALPARC - Alpine Network of Protected Areas


ALPARC, the Alpine Network of Protected Areas gathers all categories of protected areas of large size within the Alpine Convention area.

Since 1995, it permits an intensive exchange between the alpine parks, nature reserves, biosphere reserves, tranquillity zones and many other kinds of protection, and also with organisms and institutions of nature protection, local actors, populations and scientists.

The main goal is the concrete application of the protocol of the Alpine Convention: «Nature conservation and landscape management». The signatory countries of this international treaty are Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Principality of Monaco, Slovenia and Switzerland.


Key dates :



The ALPARC association takes charge of all functions of the Task Force Protected Areas


In January ALPARC becomes an association legally based in France (40 founding members) and discontinues from the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention

In February ALPARC association and the Alpine Convention signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with a view to facilitate the cooperation between the two organizations and benefit from potential synergies


ALPARC coordinates the activities of the Alpine Convention Platform “Ecological network”


In conjunction with other partners, ALPARC launches a large-scale project to establish ecological corridors with the long-term aim of creating a genuine ecological network.

The Alpine Convention, the Carpates Convention and the Biodiversity Convention signed the Memorandum of Cooperation


Official partnership between CIPRA, ISCAR, WWF on the Ecological Continuum Initiative


The coordination unit of ALPARC becomes the Task Force Protected Areas, attached to the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention


ALPARC celebrates its 10th anniversary


The Steering Committee of the Alpine Convention charges ALPARC of the responsibility for carrying out a study on ecological networks and transboundary areas


Conference of the Protected Areas of the European mountains


Drafting of the rules of procedure regulations of ALPARC

Official recognition of the Alpine Network of Protected Areas (ALPARC) as a contribution to the application of the Alpine Convention


Organisation of the 1st International Conference of the Alpine Protected Areas in Les Ecrins National Park/F


The idea of establishing a European network of alpine protected area is launched by France