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The publication “Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come” edited in October 2016 gives an overview about twelve years’ experience on ecological connectivity in the Alps and offers interesting perspectives for the evolutions of the upcoming years. Numerous experts and scientists have contributed to this publication. A large number of unpublished maps complete the articles that propose a detailed analysis on various topics such as the link between ecological connectivity and ecosystem services, the alpine Pilot Regions for ecological connectivity, the European and national policies on ecological networks, the cartography of alpine connectivity areas and many more.

This publication is available as open e-paper and can be downloaded as pdf.

Three short videos were realized to promote the publication, explaining in a simple and entertaining way the topic of ecological connectivity to a larger public.

Will the three love stories come to a happy end? Join our fish, ibex and bearded vulture in their quest for love: 
"Life needs connectivity- Three love stories"

Visit our Youtube page and have a look at these 3 video clips!


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On the occasion of the AlpWeek and the Alpine Conference, ALPARC handed over a list of political demands for the future of Alpine protected areas to the German Federal Minister for the Environment, Dr. Barbara Hendricks, and to the official representative of the Austrian Presidency of the Alpine Convention.

The document entitled “The future of Protected Areas in the Alps - Political Demands” had been jointly elaborated by the ALPARC members in the context of the network’s 20 Year Anniversary. The document comprises six key demands that are crucial for Alpine protected areas in order to ensure the continuous and successful carrying out of their missions in nature and landscape protection as well as in sustainable development.

Read the complete document below in English or in the Alpine languages.

Wien, 05.10.2016 (UWD). Die europäischen Naturschutzregelungen Fauna-Flora-Habitat- und Vogelschutzrichtlinie (FFH- und VS-RL) sind Grundlage für die Einrichtung von mittlerweile mehr
als 270 Natura 2000-Gebieten in Österreich. Obwohl die Richtlinien seit 1995 in Österreich in Kraft sind, bestehen immer noch Vorurteile und Ängste, wenn es um die Ausweisung neuer
Gebiete und die Umsetzung von Projekten geht. Einerseits, weil Österreich in der Schutzgebietsausweisung seit Jahren zu den EU-Schlusslichtern zählt und dadurch Verunsicherung
besteht, andererseits, weil diverse Vorurteile – wie etwa wirtschaftliche Benachteiligung durch eine Schutzgebietsausweisung – kursieren. Der Umweltdachverband beauftragte daher im
Rahmen des von EU und Bund geförderten Gemeinschaftsprojekts „“ (Projektpartner BirdLife Österreich und WWF Österreich) die Technische Universität Wien (TU), den Zusammenhang zwischen Natura 2000 und Wirtschaft in einer umfassenden Studie zu erforschen.

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Download Studie "Natura 2000 und Wirtschaft"

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Mardi 27 septembre 2016, Barbara Pompili a signé l’accord-cadre de coopération pour l’éducation à l’environnement et au développement durable entre le Ministère de l’Environnement, de l’Energie et de la Mer, les Réserves naturelles de France et le Ministère de l’Education nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche. Cet accord porte sur une collaboration renforcée entre ces institutions à l’échelle territoriale et nationale.

C’est dans la réserve naturelle nationale de Wavrans-sur-l’Aa, dans les Hauts-de-France, que l’accord-cadre a été signé le  27 septembre 2016 pour une période de trois ans. Cet accord vise à faciliter la mise en œuvre de la loi pour la reconquête de la biodiversité, de la nature et des paysages et de la Stratégie nationale pour la biodiversité, en invitant chacun des signataires à mettre en œuvre ses actions à son échelle.

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 After the success of the international “Wildlife and Winter Sport Activities” workshop in the Massif des Bauges on 3rd and 4th March last, attended by 45 people, a working group on this theme was set up at the beginning of summer. The will to work together in the ALPARC network stems from the finding that the disturbance of wildlife in winter is a problem that follows the same dynamic in many Alpine territories. Sharing knowledge and practices can bring added value: more visibility, greater awareness –raising among the public who practise such activities and a better quality of management in the Alpine protected areas. The operating objective for this group of around 20 people is to develop a project on a transnational scale together.
The working group has at its disposal an online collaborative working space, where information and photos can be shared. Last May the steering committee, made up of technicians from the Bauges Nature Park, ASTERS and ALPARC, met for the first time to collect the feedback from the workshop and set out the next steps.

The results of the online survey

Among the first actions planned by this committee was an online survey which was launched by ALPARC last June and in which 27 people took part (44 % protected areas, 30 % researchers and 19 % Alpine clubs), its aim being to channel ideas for projects. Overall the survey confirmed once again the interest in working together on this theme, notably on awareness-raising, communication and monitoring of the disturbance (wildlife and sports activities). 74 % of participants are in favour of a campaign to raise awareness on an Alpine scale. The idea of working with the pilot regions was brought up, as well as partnerships with Alpine clubs and firms in the outdoor sector for the communication/awareness-raising campaign.

The next step will be to develop a project on an Alpine scale. Furthermore, ALPARC is actively looking for financing which could support these activities and the development of a common strategy.

For further details: Workshop report « Wildlife and winter sport activities »
To join the working group: ALPARC extranet

Thursday, 08 September 2016 16:42

Autumn's Readings

Following summer reads on the beach or on the grass, we recommend reads for the beginning of the autumn term with some studious books:

"Wilderei im rhätischen Dreiländereck" - "Poaching in the Raetian region – Cross-border studies tracking until Tibet"

This book (304 p.) was written by Heinrich Haller, Director of the Swiss National Park and will be published in October 2016 in German language and in 2017 in Italian language. A presentation of the book is planned for the 12th October 2016, 8.30pm, in Zernez/CH.

To read an extract:

“Urban Protected Areas - Profiles and best practice guidelines” – IUCN (2014)

Continued urbanization and metropolisation make urban protected areas a matter of crucial concern. In this volume the IUCN emphasizes management approaches that are especially relevant to protected areas in urban regions.



"Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come"


ALPARC is currently completing the publication of its book to be published in October 2016, on the occasion of AlpWeek and the XIV Alpine Conference which end the German Presidency of the Alpine Convention, in Grassau/D from the 11th to the 15th October 2016. The book is published by the German Ministry of Environment in English language and will be downloadable on ALPARC website


For the second year between the 5th and 11th of December, the Alpine Convention organizes the Reading mountains Festival. The festival is an occasion to celebrate the Alpine literature and to promote cultural differences and similarities all along the Alps.

We invite all of you to participate!

Protected areas, associations or interested organization are all invited to organize their own event in the frame of the Reading Mountains Festival with a reading by a local author, by a presentation of a book taking place in the region or by finding all the innovative way to promote the Alpine literature.

This festival was launched in 2015 under the German presidency of Alpine convention 2015-2016 and the Permanent secretariat in order to celebrate on the 11th of December the International Mountain day. The idea is to exalt all the cultural specificities and similarities through the Festival’s events which promote the modern alpine literature in different places around the Alps and enable people to connect.

The Mountains reading festival represents also an occasion to discuss about alpine literature, its meaning, its impact and purpose. In 2015 some mountains lovers and actors discussed these issues and some of these discussion were captured in the film “People, Books and mountain –The Quest for Alpine literature”.

The first edition was a great success, with more than 100 events in all the Alpine countries, in four alpine languages and several dialects.

We strongly encourage all the Protected areas and alpine actors to participate this year!

For more information, registration, suggestions, ideas and materials visit the Alpine convention website.

Thursday, 13 October 2016 15:40

Alpine Nature 2030 - publication

Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come


The book Page Titre Nature2030"Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come" is published by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and  Nuclear Safety (BMUB). 
The Federal Ministry for the Environment considers the creation of an ecological network in Europe to be crucial for achieving a global network of protected areas as envisaged in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In this context, the spatial connectivity of protected areas and transboundary protected areas plays an important role in the implementation of the Alpine Convention. Article 12 of the Nature Protection and Landscape Conservation Protocol of the Alpine Convention envisages the creation of an ecological network.

The publication has been published in partnership with ALPARC, the University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna and Blue! .


This publication is available as e-paper .

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"Life needs connectivity- Three love stories" - 3 video clips

Frise 3 animaux

Ecological connectivity is needed on land, under water and in the air to safeguard biodiversity for future generations.

The three video clips "Life needs connectivity.Three love stories" are made by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation,  Building and  Nuclear Safety (Germany ) in partnership with ALPARC, University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna and Blue! in the frame of the work of the publication " Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come " . 

Video produced by MischiefVisit. 

Visit our Youtube page and have a look at these 3 video clips!



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This section includes the part 1/2 of the Powerpoint presentations shown during the Workshop Wildlife and winter sport activities " Your space of freedom - my living space" that  took place the 3rd and 4th of March 2016 in Lescheraines, Massif des Bauges Regional Nature Park (France)

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The next Workshop “Mountain Environmental Education in the Alpine Protected Areas” will take place on 18th and 19th October 2016 at the Mercantour National Park/France. As usual, it is a 2-days work meeting addressed to staff of Alpine Protected Areas in charge of education.

Please find below the programme description and some practical information.

Registration is closed since September the 15th.




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