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What is Phénoclim?

Since 2004, the Alpine Ecosystems Research Center (CREA) is running the Phenoclim project, aiming at measuring the effects of climate change on alpine plants phenology. Within the scope of participatory science, Phenoclim is both a scientific and educational program involving various publics (schools, associations, individuals, protected areas) in data collection.

Every spring and autumn, volunteers observe phenology of common plant species and transmit the data (dates of budburst, leafing, flowering, leaf fall etc...) to CREA.

170 study zones are now spread across the Alps. Climate is also monitored through a network of 60 temperature stations .
The objective of this observatory is to expand all over the Alps (also Germany, Austria, Slovenia…), to better take into account the geographical diversity of the whole mountain range.

In the scope of the Working group “Mountain environmental education”, ALPARC and the REEMA support this programme and encourage the Alpine Protected Areas to participate.

How to participate?

The 2011 Phenoclim spring campaign has just started… You are managing one or more alpine protected areas? It’s the perfect time to join the french, italian and swiss protected areas which are already involved in Phenoclim!

You are interested in joining the project?

  1. Register on Phenoclim website
  2. Choose the plants from your study zone
  3. Start your observations according to the Phenoclim protocol

Important: the web interface to register and report data is for the moment only available in French. If you would be interested to register and need an English version, please contact Floriane Macian (below) to express your interest and the CREA will consider the possibility to translate these pages.

If you want to use Phenoclim as an educational tool for schools, don’t hesitate to ask CREA for some tips.

More information:

Floriane Macian (English+French speaking) / / 0033 (0)4 50 53 45 16

Download the presentation leaflet in English


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 GLOCHAMOST is the follow-up initiative of UNESCO-MAB to the GLOCHAMORE Project, which has been set up in 2003 and which was founded by the European Commission and sponsored by UNESCO-MAB in collaboration with the Mountain Research Initiative and the University of Vienna (Austria).

Its aim is to implement selected key research areas of the GLOCHAMORE Research Strategy to develop adaptation strategies for mountain biosphere reserves in the context of global and climate change.  

 The following 5 key research areas provide a framework for research and knowledge sharing on the impacts of global/climate change on mountain biosphere reserves:

  • Climate: Climate change including the frequency of extreme events (item 3.1 of the GLOCHAMORE Research Strategy)
  • Biodiversity: Key fauna and flora (item 6e of the Research Strategy)
  • Water: Water quantity (item 4a of the Research Strategy)
  • Land Use Change: Understanding the origins and impacts of land use (item 2b of Research Strategy)
  • Mountain Economies: Employment and income (item 9a of the Research Strategy)

Two alpine biosphere reserves were selected to participate on this project:
- Biosphere Reserve Berchtesgadener Land , Germany
- Biosphere Reserve Val Mustair , Switzerland

Further information to the projects and to the project report 2011:
- report 2011: Berchtesgadener Land
- report 2011: Val Mustair 

Friday, 13 January 2012 01:00

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 people from 10 municipalities which are members of the Alliance in the Alps. The young people considered the subject of climate change in the Alps, planned meetings and set up joint climate-related activities.

Young people from Austria, France, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland were actively involved in the project, organising a wide range of events and activities. They also set up exchange schemes, which provided an opportunity to discuss the subject in detail

At the end of October, all the young people and moderators gathered in Sörenberg (Switzerland) for the final meeting. They compared notes on their expereiences and discussed where to go next as the programme drew to an end

For more information, go to

Source: Youth summit on climate issues, Entlebuch (German, French, Italian)

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 Climate Change and anthropogenic activities are challenging European habitats and their management.Especially protected areas are confronted with the pressing need to monitor changes, adapt management strategies and consider flexible responses to future developments.

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers, conservation managers and decision-makers in the field of nature conservation.It provides a platform for dialogue to develop a better understanding of the complex impacts of climate change on biodiversity on local level and the means to adapt management in protected areas accordingly.

We anticipate 150 international participants to enjoy two days of technical sessions, workshops, poster exhibits and social activities, and one day of excursions.


  • Monitoring and modelling of climate-induced impacts
  • Assessing sensitivity to climate change
  • Actual and future management practices
  • Awareness raising and stakeholder involvement
  • Legal aspects and policy recommendations

One of the conference aims is to found the association "Climate Change and Protected Areas". This association should serve as a sustainable network for transdisciplinary exchange of experts in this field.

For further information, please click on the following link:

Monday, 22 October 2012 02:00

Munich water conference

4th International Conference “Water in the Alps”

Sustainable Hydropower

- Strategies for the Alpine Region -

Conference location: Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Alfons-Goppel-Str. 11
80539 München, Germany 

Thursday, 10 April 2014 02:00

Wasser im Klimawandel

compact nr 03/2011

ein hintergrundbericht der cipra 

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 Die Akzeptanz von Grossschutzgebieten aus der Perspektive der ansässigen Bevölkerung und lokaler Akteursgruppen - eine Studie über den Naturpark Ötztal.

Magisterarbeit von Matthias Wenzel, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Juni 2011  

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 02:00

bibliography on the topic of climate change

 Useful bibliography on the topic of climate change.

This resourceis currently under development. Your contributions are welcome.

Link(s) :
  • People, Protected areas and Global change "People, Protected areas and Global change: Participatory conservation in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe." Galvin M, Haller T, editors. 2008. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Bern, Vol. 3. Bern: Geographica Bernensia. 560 pp. ISBN: 978-3-905835-06-9 Online book: 8 Mb          
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Protected Areas offer a cost effective solution to the impacts of climate change, according to a new book from IUCN, The Nature Conservancy, the United Nations Development Programme, Wildlife Conservation Society, the World Bank and WWF.

Protected areas play a major role in reducing climate changing carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.

Fifteen percent of the world’s terrestrial carbon stock - 312 Gigatonnes - are stored in protected areas around the world. In Canada, over 4,000 million tons of carbon dioxide is sequestered in 39 national parks, estimated to be worth $39-87 billion in carbon credits. In the Brazilian Amazon, protected lands are expected to prevent 670,000 km² of deforestation by 2050, representing 8 billion tons of avoided carbon emissions.

Protected areas also serve as natural buffers against climate impacts and other disasters, providing space for floodwaters to disperse, stabilizing soil against landslides and blocking storm surges. It has been estimated that coastal wetlands in the United States provide $23.2 billion a year in protection against flooding from hurricanes.

And protected areas can keep natural resources healthy and productive so they can withstand the impacts of climate change and continue to provide the food, clean water, shelter and income communities rely upon for survival. Thirty three of the world’s 100 largest cities derive their drinking water from catchments within forest protected areas. 

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