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On July 11th 2017, several groups of young people will gather in different places all over the Alps and the Carpathians to share a collective experience in the mountains

 

Back to Nature in the Mountains

When was the last time you watched the stars in an unpolluted sky, lying on the grass of a mountain valley or summit, with the sound of the wind blowing through the trees and of a river flowing?

A lot of young people may have no answer to this question, because they have never had such an experience. Nowadays, young people are overwhelmed by the need for technologies in a fast-paced society and they hardly ever have the chance to live an authentic experience in a natural environment. Their relationship with nature and the mountains, which is important for their personal growth and fulfilment, is being weakened.  The mountains need young people to be preserved as much as young people need the mountains to rebuild or strengthen that connection with nature.

The international project Youth at the Top aims at improving the connection between young people and nature by bringing them to the mountains to spend a day together and sleep there overnight. For this reason, Youth at the Top is a unique opportunity for young people to experience close contact with the mountain environment, rediscover the power of being a group and the values of active citizenship and solidarity on a common annual date. Youth at the Top is a collective activity with a strong symbolic and imaginative approach. 

 

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Youth at the Top 2017

The 3rd edition of Youth at the Top will be held on Tuesday 11th July 2017 – Wednesday 12th July 2017. We have received registration forms for more than 50 events that will take place simultaneously in different locations. These local events will be set up by protected areas, youth workers, associations, refuges, communities and other mountain actors with the participation of local professionals.

 

Transnational, cross-border and unifying

The events planned will take place in 6 countries in the Alps (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland) and 3 countries in the Carpathians (Poland, Romania, Slovakia) in a common framework that still leaves plenty of room for local partners to develop their own initiative and creativity. The simultaneity of the events and the common framework will help to create in the young participants not only a sense of belonging to the mountains, but also a sense of being part of a large community with no borders.

Innovation: The Alps in my backpack

As we are constantly looking for innovation this year all the partners involved in the initiative will receive the “The Alps in my backpack” teaching tool. The tool has been designed and developed by the ALPARC Educational Working group on “Mountain-Oriented Education”. For the educators it will be a powerful tool to further promote the international approach of the initiative, foster the sense of community and raise awareness of the natural and cultural Alpine heritage. 

 

Continuity with Youth at the Top 2016

In 2016 many young people experienced authentic contact with nature by taking part in the 2nd edition of “Youth at the Top”. For the occasion protected areas, associations, mountain actors and other organizations set up more than 40 events in 8 different countries in the Alps and the Carpathians. Their effort in the field of education and in engaging young generations was rewarded with the participation of more than 500 young people who enjoyed different activities in the mountains such as fauna & flora observation, rock painting, land art, writing, wood carving, light painting, storytelling, treasure hunting, stargazing, climbing, solidarity actions and meetings with mountain players.

Young participants from Youth at the Top 2016 are the best testimonials to prove that striking up or renewing the relationship of youngsters with nature is not just necessary and possible, but it is also great fun

For this reason, we invite you to check out the video of YAT 2016 to have a taste of what the previous edition was for them!

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Have a look at the postcards collection to have an overview of their impressions. 

 

YOUTH AT THE TOP is a project led by ALPARC, in partnership with Educ’Alpes for France. For this activity ALPARC has the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Principality of Monaco.

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 15:10

Europarc Federation Conference 2017

The annual EUROPARC Conference will take place in Portuguese Magic Mountains in the beginning of September 2017. It is the biggest event gathering protected area experts from across Europe.

The theme of this year’s conference is “New voices, new visions, new values – for people and nature in Europe”: it will focus on new actors in protected areas management.

Registration form is already open and available from the conference website found here.

Friday, 19 May 2017 11:15

Interpret Europe Spring Event

 From 19-21 May 2017 Interpret Europe network will meet for their Spring Event 'Crossing Borders' in Prague to discuss how we can work more closely together, and how we can improve our skills in giving a deeper meaning to heritage all across Europe.
You can find introductions to all workshops and presentations at Parallel sessions on their website. You can also find there the event programme including information on our keynote speakers and study visits, the event venue and our Market of Ideas.   
        
Visit their Spring Event pages and if you need more information, or contact springevent@interpret-europe.net.

   
 

Friday, 03 March 2017 11:38

The Alps through Time

Come to discover or rediscover the exhibition "Alps through Time", at la maison des Soeurs of Chapelle d'Abondance in France, from the 18th of December 2016 to the 2nd of April 2017 and from the 1st of July to the 18 September 2017.

 

You will  embark on an journey through time that will show you the evolution of the alpine landscape.

 

This exhibition has been created by ALPARC in the frame of the European programme ALPENCOM (Alpine Environmental Communication, Work Package 4) and with the support of Rhône-Alpes and PACA region.

For more information : http://www.lachapelle74.com/expo-annuelle-culture.html

 


      

Published in News from the Alps

"The Alps in my backpack” a multifunctional pedagogical tool for activities linked to the Alps, mountain heritage and protected alpine areas is available for you! 

“The Alps in my backpack” is a big sheet, measuring 240 x 150 cm and printed on a durable fabric. It shows the map of the Alps and all their principal protected nature reserves. Moreover, it presents the diversity of Alpine landscapes, emblematic species, the creation of the Alps, cultural and linguistic diversity, and current issues in the Alpine territory.
The tool has been created collectively by members of the “Mountain environmental education in Alpine protected areas” working group, which had long wanted to benefit from a simple and practical shared tool during their activities, for addressing alpine issues in their global dimension, beyond the usual boundaries.


As part of the 2017 edition of “Youth at the top”, rangers, animators and educators will be invited to use(s) the “Alps in my backpack” tool.

Please notice that 3 copies of the “Alps in my backpack"  tool are available for free for all the ALPARC members.

To obtain one or more copies of this tool, please contact info [at] alparc.org


Coordination: ALPARC
Concept and content: ALPARC and  Mountain Environmental Education working group
Cartographic data: SIG ALPARC 2016
Graphic design: Régis Ferré

Co-financed by the German Ministry for the Environment and the Principality of Monaco

During our international workshop “Wildlife and winter sport activities” in the Bauges regional nature park in March 2016, the participants have expressed a strong wish to elaborate a common communication strategy. In the frame of the project WeWild - We respect Alpine wildlife -, ALPARC aims at developing – for the protected areas of the Alps –a joint communication strategy and awareness-raising tools in order to reduce the impact of winter sport practitioners on wildlife in the Alps. The aim of the project is to send out a joint awareness-raising message to winter outdoor practitioners in the Alps in order to give greater momentum to local and regional initiatives.


Alparc coordinates the project and pursues a participatory approach, involving protected area staff and other stakeholders. A first workshop will take place in March 23 and 24 in Vorarlberg (AT). The aim of this first meeting is share experiences in awareness-raising campaigns and to elaborate the contents of the joint strategy (see programme attached). A second workshop will take place in November 2017 in the Italian Alps (to be confirmed). The workshop is open to experts from the Alpine protected areas and other stakeholders, such as Alpine clubs, environmental NGOs and regional governments.


The project will also develop awareness-raising tools that are free to use and share (available from January 2018). The project will use partnerships with the private sector, festivals and sporting events to disseminate the tools and to implement the communication strategy in the medium run. A final conference in November 2018 will bring further momentum to our initiative, presenting the results and gathering a large number of Alpine stakeholders around the topic.


The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB). For more information and in order to register for the workshop, please contact us directly.

ALPARC project coordinator: Dominik Cremer-Schulte | dominik.cremer-schulte@alparc.org
Website: www.alparc.org/wewild

Following an international seminar held in March 2016, the operational unit of ALPARC has been coordinating the drafting of a common strategy and awareness-raising tools to reduce impact on wildlife in the Alps.


The year 2016 has been marked by the launch of a working group within the ALPARC network covering the handling of mountain sports and outdoor activities in winter. On 3 and 4 March, an international seminar in the Massif des Bauges Natural Park brought together over 45 participants from different sectors and from throughout the Alps. They stressed the fundamental need to share methods and experiences and develop a common approach at an Alps-wide level.


A common communication strategy for large protected areas and beyond


A first step in this direction is the We respect Alpine Wildlife (WeWild) project coordinated by the operational unit of ALPARC. Over the next two years (2017-2018), this project aims to strengthen the links between the various initiatives at an Alpine level. Based on a collaborative approach with two workshops in 2017 and with a final conference in 2018, the project aims to develop a common communication strategy. It will provide the first tools for raising awareness, which will then be made available to a multitude of stakeholders in the Alps. Among these will be a website, which will also serve as a resource centre, and a “teaser” video clip drawing attention to the theme. WeWild will recruit members of the ALPARC working group – including several Alpine protected areas – as well as new players such as businesses in the “outdoor” sector.


Background information


Today, mountain sports and outdoor activities in winter are changing dramatically. Experts note an expansion of these activities in terms of time (throughout winter, all day) and space. Studies show that this shift has significant and detrimental effects on Alpine fauna, which is particularly vulnerable during the winter months. This problem requires a greater awareness among practitioners of these activities and among visitors to sensitive sites in order to enable a coexistence between man and wildlife.


The WeWild project has been selected as part of Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment's (BMUB) call for projects in 2016 with regard to special “environmental protection” postage stamps. Every two years, the Ministry supports projects proposed by environmental associations through the sale of a special postage stamp. As part of the German Presidency of the Alpine Convention 2015-2016, the 2016 edition of the stamp is called “The Alps – Diversity in Europe”.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 14:48

ALPBIONET2030 – project launch

ALPBIONET2030 project will enable ALPARC and the 14 other partners to refine the work already achieved on alpine ecological connectivity in these past years. The project objectives include the drawing up of strategic areas maps in and around the Alpine region (Strategic Alpine Connectivity Areas – SACA), the development of a strategy of wild fauna management in cooperation with various actors and a deepen work on mediation tools in order to answer to conflicts which could appear during the implementation of ecological network.


The project was officially launched at the occasion of the Kick off meeting in Vienna (Austria), the 1st and 2nd of last December. This event has gathered the project partners, numerous observers and different personality from alpine institutions.  Thus, the General Secretary of the alpine Convention Mr. Markus Reiterer, the German focal point for alpine Convention, Mrs. Silvia Reppe, the President of the Ecological Network Platform of the alpine Convention, Mr. Thierry Boisseaux, among others, discussed about the importance of this project in an alpine and macro-regional context.


The recent publication « Alpine Nature 2030 – Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come » has marked the completion of an important preparation work, which pass now to a more operational phase, particularly through ALPBIONET2030 project. Protected areas from ALPARC network, which are present among partners, will play a key role in these activities, especially as pilot territories for the project results implementation.

Monday, 28 November 2016 09:57

Thumbs down for the “Adula Park”

The majority of the municipalities concerned voted this weekend against their participation in the new Adula National Park. Pro Natura regrets this negative vote and speaks of a wasted opportunity. However, the organisation is encouraged that broad support for the idea of sustainable development and respect for nature has been expressed and recognised.

The “Adula Park” option did not win a majority vote this weekend in the municipalities concerned. After sixteen years of work carried forward with discernment and tenacity, the “Adula Park” must be abandoned, at least in its present form. Pro Natura regrets this vote. “There was no majority in the communities involved. It’s a shame,” declares Silva Semadeni, president of Pro Natura. “But the public debates have, however, shown the emergence of a strong and active minority that wants a regional development that is sustainable and respectful of nature.” These voices will have to be heard in future development projects. Pro Natura hopes that the project for the “Adula Park” will serve as a model for other sustainable ideas to develop the region together – with nature and not against it.


Additional information:


Silva Semadeni, president of Pro Natura, tel: (+41) 079 385 53 57
Christian Bernasconi, Pro Natura Ticino, tel. (+41) 079 262 16 51
Jacqueline von Arx, Pro Natura Grisons, tel. (+41) 079 792 23 52
Nicolas Wüthrich, public information officer, (+41) 079 212 52 54, nicolas.wuthrich@pronatura.ch

This press release is also available in German, Italian and from www.pronatura.ch/medias.

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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