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A manual on applying the CBD guidelines on biodiversity and tourism development, published by UNEP and CBD in 2015:

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This publication gives an overview on the greenAlps project results.
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The alpine Pilot Regions for ecological connectivity stay among the working priorities of the Platform “Ecological Network” of the Alpine Convention.
After the nomination of a new transboundary pilot region between Italy and Slovenia at the last Alpine Conference in November 2014 in Torino, the Platform “Ecological Network” of the Alpine Convention underlined its determination to work in close cooperation with the existing pilot regions  and to support the nomination of new pilot regions.

The German-French presidency of the Platform under the chair of Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst (BfN) has proposed a series of activities to implement the mandate of the working group: the cooperation with other Platforms of the Alpine Convention, an active participation in the work done for the alpine macro regional strategy (EUSALP) as well as a strong support to the development of new European projects on the topic of ecological connectivity.

The Platform Ecological network is also involved in the European effort of establishing “green infrastructure” participating and contributing to the Working Group “Green Infrastructure and Restoration” and by presenting the alpine activities to a European public at the upcoming Green Week that takes place in Brussels in June 2015.

Web pages:
Page of the EU Commission on green infrastructure:
Platform “Ecological Network “of the Alpine Convention:

In 2009 large parts of the Dolomites across 5 Provinces were recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Among the World Heritage objectives are sensitization and awareness building. With this in mind, the Nature Parks Office of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano has completed a new 250 m² permanent exhibition in the Nature Park House in Toblach.
The exhibition was created by the State Office for Nature Parks together with the State Office for Hochbau Ost. The exhibition concept was drawn up by a working group consisting of architect and project manager Bruno Rubner from Bruneck, geologist Emiliano Oddone from the firm Dolomiti Project from Feltre and members of staff from the Nature Parks Office, among whom Maria Margareth Pallhuber and Artur Kammerer.

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Opening Times:
From 2nd May to 31st October 2014 and from 30th December 2014 to 28th March 2015, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.30 pm to 6 pm.
In July and August also open all day Sundays and Thursdays from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Admission free

Naturparkhaus Drei Zinnen,
Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach
Dolomitenstr. 1 39034 Toblach
Tel. 0474 973017  Fax 0474 973974


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This section includes all the PowerPoint presentations shown during the Workshop « Monitoring biodiversity transformation to document climate change impacts in alpine protected areas”, that  took place from 10th to 11th of September 2014 at Ceresole Reale, Gran Paradiso National Park (IT).

Please note that the presentation of Sonja Wipf is not online. If you are interested in the presentation, please contact directly the author at : sonja.wipf (at)

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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


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From 10th  to 11th  September 2014, protected areas managers and scientists discussed the role of protected areas to document the climate changes on alpine biodiversity at  the ALPARC international workshop  at  the Gran Paradiso National Park (IT) .

The visitor center of the Gran Paradiso National Park in the ancient Grand Hotel in Ceresole Reale was an imposing setting for the ALPARC Workshop, organized with the Gran Paradiso National Park on “Monitoring biodiversity transformation to document climate change impacts in alpine protected areas”. From 10th to 11th of September 2014 the Workshop brought together around thirty experts and scientists from the different alpine Countries.

The presentations clearly showed the importance and the broadness of the topic of biodiversity monitoring in regard to the process of climate change.
The examples presented in the indoor session, pictured well diversity of monitoring possibilities and methodologies: flora (ex. monitoring network for Caricion bicoloris atrofuscae) and fauna (ex. methods for bird monitoring in Bavarian Alps) but also lakes (Lacs sentinelles) and plant phenology (e-Pheno). Furthermore an historical excursus illustrated the use of historic records from the early alpine botanists to documents climate change impacts.  

The speakers and discussion highlighted the need of international cooperation in the field of the climate change impacts and biodiversity. Protected areas play a particular role and can act as laboratories for this kind of research as they dispose of trained staff for observations and samplings, good infrastructure to facilitate the monitoring duty and a long term visibility for the monitoring plots.

The outdoor session was the occasion for a demonstration of the monitoring protocol developed by various Italian parks and scientists to monitor animal biodiversity in mountain ecosystems. The Gran Paradiso National Park Rangers made this event memorable not only because of the scientific and technical quality of this field excursion but also thanks to their extraordinary polenta served in the spectacular setting of the ancient hunting cabin of King Victor Emmanuel II.

Below the PowerPoint presentations shown during the Workshop « Monitoring biodiversity transformation to document climate change impacts in alpine protected areas”.
Please note that the presentation of Sonja Wipf is not online. If you are interested in the presentation, please contact directly the author at : sonja.wipf (at)