After its general assembly in January ALPARC has also organised a reunion of the “Groupe de Suivi National” (National steering group), where over 10 French participants came together (park directors and financiers). The goal was to discuss the strategy of ALPARC, the orientations of the working program and especially the needs and demands of the French members. At the end this day resulted in a discussion of the French seats in the administrative council of ALPARC with regard to the reappointment of the seats in 2017. Following the French example, the other countries could also form national steering groups in the ALPARC network.
A second key activity of the last few weeks was the international workshop “Wildlife and winter sport activities” which was held March 3 and 4 2016 in Lescheraines, in the French regional natural park Massif des Bauges. You can find the full article under this link.
More recently the 1st assembly of the administrative council of ALPARC in 2016 took place 7 to 8 April in Monaco. A video is available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/380cPyroqm0
Concerning our members, we want to welcome the Austrian Nature park Ötztal who has become a member at the beginning of the year. You can find the map and the complete list of members of the association under this link.
As for activities, ALPARC is following its work program and has recently submitted 4 project proposals to the Alpine space program. The results of the first round of selection will be published at the beginning of June.
In other news: this month, ALPARC welcomes a new Management assistant who will replace Marion. An Italian and an Austrian intern have also joined our team for the next 6 months: Welcome to Mathilde, Sara and Berti!