The two year greenAlps project (2013-2014), financed by the EU Alpine Space programme enters at the final phase.
The analysis of the results from former Alpine Space projects linked to the topic of biodiversity, a review of European environmental policies, interviews with stakeholders in the pilot areas and during international workshops and further project activities, have enabled the project partners to start identifying and picturing important conclusions to improve biodiversity conservation in the Alps.
A series of recommendations for policy makers is currently formulated, for example the fact that the principal focus within the EU and its Member States is still on (“green”) economic growth and the value of ecosystem services is in this context under-appreciated. The project partners state that Ecosystem services-based approaches could offer new impulses, but to be accepted they need to offer local stakeholders direct economic benefits. Furthermore the project proved again that the work with pilot regions is essential to better understand and integrate issues coming from the ground and to develop tools or procedures responding to concrete problems.
A complete overview about the project results will be given at the greenAlps final conference that will take place in Chambéry (France) from 13th to 15th October 2014.
The project reports will be available by the end of the year. They will also include some suggestions to the Alpine Space Program authorities on how to improve the positive impact of European projects on biodiversity conservation.
Take part in the greenAlps final conference from 13 – 15 October 2014 in Chambéry / France!
Deadline for registration is the 30th September 2014.
Download the programme and fill the registration form online