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 The Alpine Week 2012 was held from 5 to 8 September in the Valposchiavo in Switzerland. The theme chosen for this year was “Renewable Alps”. For the first time in the history of the Alpine convention, the Alpine conference, which brings together the Ministers of the signatory states, took place during the Alpine Week.

The Alpine Week is one of the most important events for sustainable development within the Alpine range, bringing together French, Italian, Swiss, German, Austrian, Slovene and Liechtensteiner protagonists of all the major Alpine research networks (ISCAR ), districts (Alliance in the Alps ), NGOs (CIPRA ), protected areas (ALPARC ) and alpine clubs (CAA ). 

 At the centre of the week: the Alps and their protagonists. The aim: to inject new energy into existing initiatives for sustainable development in the Alps and encourage new ones. The idea of having the Alpine protagonists and representatives of the signatory states to the Alpine convention together under one roof proved a fruitful one. This meeting, has made it possible to encourage the emergence of new solutions and dynamics in mountain partnerships.

During the numerous thematic sessions held in parallel (about 30 in all), the participants at the Alpine Week were able to discover a wide range of sustainable initiatives in the Alps and explore themes as varied as the young, schooling, governance, carbon neutrality, mobility, architecture, light pollution, landscape, agriculture, businesses, tourism, immigration and the brown bear. 

A great success, therefore, thanks also to the committed involvement of the Valposchiavo region which, with its numerous assets, succeeded in creating an auspicious and exemplary framework for the theme of renewable Alps. 

 The workshop " Regional Development and Quality of Life” took place last 15 and 16 July 2013 in the brand new house of the mountains in Berchtesgaden.

During a day and a half, participants had the opportunity to exchange all together on the content of a future project concerning regional development in alpine rural areas (and in protected areas too), taking into account concepts like "sobriety", "degrowth" and "post-fossil society".

This workshop, co-organized by CIPRA and ALPARC prepares the 2014’s work of the Alpine Network of Protected Areas on this thematic priority 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 02:00

Call for tender - Project management GreenAlps

 The GreenAlps project has been recently approved in the frame of the 5th call of the ETC Alpine Space Programme. The main aim of the project is to capitalize on the results of previous projects in order to draft a long term, sustainable and integrated environmental policy vision for the Alps. GreenAlps will go beyond classical policy recommendations by giving concrete perspectives for several key sectors, in order to explain how ecological connectivity and sustainable use of natural resources are the basis for the provision of Ecosystem services.

The Lead Partner (LP), the Alpine Network of Protected Areas, launches a tender for management support for all tasks of the overall transnational project administration, co-ordination and financial management. Find the procurements, the terms of reference and all other relevant documents below. Participation is open to all legal persons who are established in a Member State of the European Union or in a country or territory of the regions covered and/or authorised by the specific instruments applicable to the programme under which the contract is financed. Deadline for tender submissions is the 28. 10. 2013.  

 17° Danilo Re 2012- Thematic meeting "Paths of the Alps: signposting, maintenance and safety" at the convention all of Hotel Mirella Ponte di Legno (I).

All Powerpoints presentation are available on the website:

Here below some abstracts.  

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 “Nature parks strengthen rural territories: such is the paradigm widely heard with regard to nature parks and regional development. The present report “Nature Parks and Regional Sustainable Development” seeks to identify further the factors which enable nature parks to contribute to regional development while equally taking into account aspects of society, the protection of nature and the landscapes.

Thus 32 experts from different countries (Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Hungary and Switzerland) have looked into these questions. Thanks to a scientific analysis it is possible to define the effects of nature parks on local economies and identify the results obtained by the implementation of different actions.

26 projects stemming from nature parks in Austria and other countries present examples of successful regional development in nature parks. The themes under scrutiny range from the enhancement of landscapes through local produce, sustainable mobility and visitor management to environmental education and other innovative concepts and projects. 

 Source: Federation of Austrian Nature Parks (VNÖ)

Link to download the report (in German)

Friday, 04 October 2013 02:00

From Triglav to Dolomiti Bellunesi

The Park of Triglav is the only Slovenian national park. Spread over 84,000 hectares, it covers almost the entire territory of the Slovenian Julian Alps.

Thanks to a project Leader, co-financed by the European Union, the park Triglav has decided to launch a project similar to the "Quality Charter" of the National Park Dolomiti Bellunesi, to build a network of farmers and tourism actors bearing the mark of the park.

Source of Information: 30/09/2013


In 2004, the Permanent Committee of the Alpine Convention puts the Alpine Network in charge of preparing a study on the national and transboundary links existing between protected areas. The results will permit to make recommendations for strategies on a large scale and will present possible territorial connections as well as political, national and regional development measures. This study could thus be used as a framework for creation and implementation of an alpine ecological territorial network.

Edited by ALPARC in the collection « Alpensignale » of the Alpine Convention

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Alpine Ecological Network

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