News from the Alps

What municipalities can do for hermits and fire salamanders The Alps possess an especially large and valuable diversity of plants and animals; this can only continue if habitats are preserved and remain connected to one another. Municipalities can contribute to this in many ways: CIPRA has produced a short film…
Thursday, 04 October 2012

White Wilderness

White Wilderness
 With the upcoming snow the seasonal discussions on disturbance of wildlife by winter outdoor activities will raise again. The usual appeals and bidding for an adapted practice of these activities will only be successful if the background and reasons for them are known and understood. It is for that aim…
 The Chapter "Evaluating Management Effectiveness of National Parks as a Contribution to Good Governance and Social Learning" is available online at this link (or see below). About the authors: Michael Getzner Center of Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy,Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria Michael JungmeierECO Institute of Ecology, Klagenfurt, Austria…
30 of April 2012: bear M13 were run over by a train The bear M13 survived the collision with the train of Rhätischen Bahn (RhB). By this incident, the GPS transmitter, the bear was equipped with, destroyed. 2nd of May: bear may be evidenced in Oberengadin Rangers of the national…
Thursday, 10 May 2012

Wilderness in Austria

Wilderness in Austria
Wilderness areas are almost virgin spaces, without any human touch.  To permit a transmission to the future generations of entirely intact natural spaces, we have to conserve them and, as far as possible, to restore areas of savage nature. In the frame of the partnership “together for biodiversity”, the Austrian…
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…
Tuesday, 06 September 2011

A dozen Parks with a national label

A dozen Parks with a national label
 A happy day for the Swiss parks: 8 parks got the label “Parks of national importance” by the Swiss federation. In December 2007, the legal basis for the creation of new parks came into force. Therefore new parks next to the Swiss Nationalpark , which exists now for almost 100…
Switzerland celebrates the centenary of the ibex reintroduction in the Alps
  At the beginning of the XX century, the ibex, an animal proper to the Alps, was threatened with extinction because of the high hunting pressure. Only the population of Gran Paradiso managed to survive, thanks to a law enacted by the king Vittorio Emmanuele II of Savoy.The 8th May…
 The decision was taken by the region of Geneva and the local Swiss and French municipalities: from April 2011, the road between Mategnin (Meyrin / GE, Switzerland) and France will be removed through populations of amphibians! The Nature reserves "Les marais des Crêts " and "Les marais des Fontaines", where…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011

AlpWeek produces tangible results

 An example of how trans-Alpine meetings can mark the beginning of beautiful new partnerships. The 2008 AlpWeek held in Argentière la Bessée in France entitled "innovating (in) the Alps" provided an opportunity to compare a range of innovative Alpine initiatives, including the Achental Eco-Model (Germany). Following the presentation, news of…