How Policies Can Enable Biodiversity– Conclusions of the greenAlps Project

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

About a hundred delegates: managers of protected areas, representatives of authorities, politicians, ONGs  and local players, citizens and researchers, met together on 13th, 14th and 15th October 2014 in Chambéry (FR) to learn about and discuss the results of the European greenAlps project, in which ALPARC plays the role of lead partner.

The innovative format of the event allowed for plenty of room for exchanges through round tables, interviews of actors and participatory workshops. Notably among the results discussed were political recommendations by the project partners that more importance should be given to the consideration and implementation of biodiversity measures in environmental policies.
These recommendations were subsequently presented at the “Ecological Network” Platform of the Alpine Convention, at the Alpine Conference which was held in Turin at the end of November, and to the representatives of different departments of the European Commission during a specially organised event in Brussels in November. However, the greenAlps project also looked at local issues, notably in the pilot areas of the project. Thanks to field visits and workshops with local actors not only  the principal areas of action in the themes of ecosystem and ecological connectivity services were identified, but also needs such as the facilitation of interregional and transborder cooperation , notably in the context offered by biosphere reserves.  The Prealpi Giulie (IT) Nature Park and the neighbouring Triglav (SL) National Park wish to reinforce this cooperation. They are partners in this project and, moreover, officially recognized as a new transborder pilot area for ecological connectivity by the Alpine Convention, following the activities launched during the greenAlps project.

The final documents of greenAlps will soon be available on the project site:http://www.greenalps-project.eu/ 
The greenAlps project was co-funded in the context of the ETC Alpine Space programme

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