Wednesday, 24 June 2015 02:00

Project "Sommet(s) pour le Climat"

Sommet(s) pour le Climat is a project led by a group of French mountaineers, consisting of a collective crossing of the “Massif des Écrins” in the French Alps. The aim of the project is to promote useful solutions for a more ecological and sustainable world. On the occasion of the COP21, which will be held in Paris in December 2015, this project highlights the positive values of the mountain as well as the importance to mobilize the mountain networks to fight against climate change.
Several actions are proposed both at national and international levels, including:


-    21 day crossing across the peaks of the Massif des Écrins” (29 June – 19 July 2015);
-    Simultaneous climbing all over the world to enhance the international dimension of the issue (11-12 July 2015);
-    Organization of a photo contest :“photos décalées”.

The project is supported by different partners: FFCAM, Mountain Wilderness, Négawatt Association, Écrins National Park, Educ’Alpes, Réseau Action Climat, la Revue Durable.

For further information, you will find the press release below.

To know all the details about this project, visit the website.

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This section includes all the PowerPoint presentations shown during the Workshop « Monitoring biodiversity transformation to document climate change impacts in alpine protected areas”, that  took place from 10th to 11th of September 2014 at Ceresole Reale, Gran Paradiso National Park (IT).

Please note that the presentation of Sonja Wipf is not online. If you are interested in the presentation, please contact directly the author at : sonja.wipf (at)

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In response to global warming, the Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria has decided to lead by example. Working together with political decision-makers, the Park's Mittersill visitor centre (Salzburg) is expanding its environmental education programme. The National Park Climate Change School project is designed to teach children and young people how to respect the natural world.

Building on the environmental education formula of experience + knowledge = informed action, young people are shown a wheel of time that indicates how the climate has changed over the last few thousand of years and its impact on the Pasterze glacier. The commentary also refers to the large block of ice housed in the visitor centre. Schoolchildren who visit the National Park are taught about a wide range of climate issues in the purpose-built Science Centre . The Science Centre has its own weather station which can be used to compare meteorological date and thereby demonstrate the realities of global warming. With the aid of a thermometer, pupils observe the difference in temperature gains when sun shines into a clean or CO2-rich atmosphere.

Many schoolteachers who have brought their students to Hohe Tauern National Park confirm that this educational format is very effective. Around 25,000 schoolchildren from Austria, Germany and Switzerland have taken part in the National Park's environmental education programme. Hopefully, given the scale of the audience, future generations will have a more sustainable view of the natural world.

Source: summary of a Hohe Tauern National Park press release

What is Phénoclim?

Since 2004, the Alpine Ecosystems Research Center (CREA) is running the Phenoclim project, aiming at measuring the effects of climate change on alpine plants phenology. Within the scope of participatory science, Phenoclim is both a scientific and educational program involving various publics (schools, associations, individuals, protected areas) in data collection.

Every spring and autumn, volunteers observe phenology of common plant species and transmit the data (dates of budburst, leafing, flowering, leaf fall etc...) to CREA.

170 study zones are now spread across the Alps. Climate is also monitored through a network of 60 temperature stations .
The objective of this observatory is to expand all over the Alps (also Germany, Austria, Slovenia…), to better take into account the geographical diversity of the whole mountain range.

In the scope of the Working group “Mountain environmental education”, ALPARC and the REEMA support this programme and encourage the Alpine Protected Areas to participate.

How to participate?

The 2011 Phenoclim spring campaign has just started… You are managing one or more alpine protected areas? It’s the perfect time to join the french, italian and swiss protected areas which are already involved in Phenoclim!

You are interested in joining the project?

  1. Register on Phenoclim website
  2. Choose the plants from your study zone
  3. Start your observations according to the Phenoclim protocol

Important: the web interface to register and report data is for the moment only available in French. If you would be interested to register and need an English version, please contact Floriane Macian (below) to express your interest and the CREA will consider the possibility to translate these pages.

If you want to use Phenoclim as an educational tool for schools, don’t hesitate to ask CREA for some tips.

More information:

Floriane Macian (English+French speaking) / / 0033 (0)4 50 53 45 16

Download the presentation leaflet in English


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 GLOCHAMOST is the follow-up initiative of UNESCO-MAB to the GLOCHAMORE Project, which has been set up in 2003 and which was founded by the European Commission and sponsored by UNESCO-MAB in collaboration with the Mountain Research Initiative and the University of Vienna (Austria).

Its aim is to implement selected key research areas of the GLOCHAMORE Research Strategy to develop adaptation strategies for mountain biosphere reserves in the context of global and climate change.  

 The following 5 key research areas provide a framework for research and knowledge sharing on the impacts of global/climate change on mountain biosphere reserves:

  • Climate: Climate change including the frequency of extreme events (item 3.1 of the GLOCHAMORE Research Strategy)
  • Biodiversity: Key fauna and flora (item 6e of the Research Strategy)
  • Water: Water quantity (item 4a of the Research Strategy)
  • Land Use Change: Understanding the origins and impacts of land use (item 2b of Research Strategy)
  • Mountain Economies: Employment and income (item 9a of the Research Strategy)

Two alpine biosphere reserves were selected to participate on this project:
- Biosphere Reserve Berchtesgadener Land , Germany
- Biosphere Reserve Val Mustair , Switzerland

Further information to the projects and to the project report 2011:
- report 2011: Berchtesgadener Land
- report 2011: Val Mustair 

Friday, 13 January 2012 01:00

Youth summit on climate issues in Entlebuch

 "My clime-mate" is an international exchange programme that is part of the dynAlp-climate project, which is focussed on climate issues. The programme is the brainchild of the "Alliance in Alps " network of local authorities and "Youth in Action ", which also fund the project.

The programme brings together young people from 10 municipalities which are members of the Alliance in the Alps. The young people considered the subject of climate change in the Alps, planned meetings and set up joint climate-related activities.

Young people from Austria, France, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland were actively involved in the project, organising a wide range of events and activities. They also set up exchange schemes, which provided an opportunity to discuss the subject in detail

At the end of October, all the young people and moderators gathered in Sörenberg (Switzerland) for the final meeting. They compared notes on their expereiences and discussed where to go next as the programme drew to an end

For more information, go to

Source: Youth summit on climate issues, Entlebuch (German, French, Italian)

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 Climate Change and anthropogenic activities are challenging European habitats and their management.Especially protected areas are confronted with the pressing need to monitor changes, adapt management strategies and consider flexible responses to future developments.

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers, conservation managers and decision-makers in the field of nature conservation.It provides a platform for dialogue to develop a better understanding of the complex impacts of climate change on biodiversity on local level and the means to adapt management in protected areas accordingly.

We anticipate 150 international participants to enjoy two days of technical sessions, workshops, poster exhibits and social activities, and one day of excursions.


  • Monitoring and modelling of climate-induced impacts
  • Assessing sensitivity to climate change
  • Actual and future management practices
  • Awareness raising and stakeholder involvement
  • Legal aspects and policy recommendations

One of the conference aims is to found the association "Climate Change and Protected Areas". This association should serve as a sustainable network for transdisciplinary exchange of experts in this field.

For further information, please click on the following link:

Monday, 22 October 2012 02:00

Munich water conference

4th International Conference “Water in the Alps”

Sustainable Hydropower

- Strategies for the Alpine Region -

Conference location: Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Alfons-Goppel-Str. 11
80539 München, Germany 

Thursday, 10 April 2014 02:00

Wasser im Klimawandel

compact nr 03/2011

ein hintergrundbericht der cipra 

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