News from the network ALPARC

The ALPARC (Alpine Network of Protected Areas) Large carnivores working group was created during the ALPARC Conference in Belluno in 1999. Over the course of various thematic meetings, the group has taken shape, defining objectives and practical activities to be undertaken. The group has worked incredibly hard, notably on preserving large carnivores in the Alps; providing accurate biological and demographic information about bears, wolves and lynx; investigating strategies that can promote the social, economic and cultural conditions that will allow humans and these three species to coexist; experimenting with solutions that can be used to resolve conflicts, and establishing a…
 In 2009 the ALPARC “Joint Communication and Environmental Education ” working group initiated the project to create a new and attractive joint communication tool for the visitor centres of the protected areas. This project can at last become reality in 2011 thanks to the financial and concrete investment (several hundred…
Those Responsible for Education about the Environment Motivated for Transalpine Cooperation
“The first time I took part in exchanges with the REEMA was at the workshop organised in Zernez during the Alparc meeting. I saw men and women responsible for education on the environment in the protected areas of the Alpine massif. They were gathered around a table and on that…
Using "The Wall" to raise awareness of landscape fragmentation
 The Ecological Continuum Initiative has developed a very unusual communication tool: a large wall that can easily be set up in a public space or a pedestrian zone to restrict access. The barrier illustrates the difficulties that roads and conurbations create for wildlife by cutting off their migratory routes. The…
Thursday, 21 October 2010

"The Wall": Less barriers, more life!

Stop – no way through! A giant wall blocks the way of pedestrians in Zurich/CH, Vienna/A, Munich/D, Ljubljana/SI, Milan/I and Lyon/F. For animals, it’s the same every day: streets and settlements increasingly fragment their migration routes. Against the background of the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of…
ECONNECT and its new tool JECAMI
  The second international meeting of the pilot regions which proceeded in Dobbiaco/Toblach on April 22, 2010 bore its fruits. Indeed, the pilot regions adopted a common tool, entitled JECAMI (Joint Ecological Continuum Analysing and Mapping Initiative-Web services). This instrument is proposed by the Swiss National Park in collaboration with…
Implement measures to improve ecological connectivity – hints for local actors!
 The Ecological Continuum Initiative has published a new series of fact sheets for local stakeholders in German, French and Italian language that are now available online. The fact sheets are not only informative brochures; their main objective is to put the ideas into action. This is why their target group…
Education about the mountain environment in the Alpine protected areas: first compendium of programmes
In the course of the collaboration between ALPARC and REEMA (Alpine Mountain Environment Education Network, which covers the French Alps), we realised that we needed a better understanding of the practices and programmes associated with education about the mountain environment in other Alpine protected areas.  In 2008, we began the…
2008: a big year for ecological networks
 2008 was a very important year for ecological networks in the Alps. Here is a brief overview of everything that has been done : Ecological Continuum project: pre-project phase complete After 17 months of intensive work during the pre-project phase, the four partners (CIPRA, ISCAR, the WWF and ALPARC) have…
 The first edition of eco.mont will be published in June 2009. The journal was funded as an initiative of the Alpine Network of Protected Areas (ALPARC), the International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps (ISCAR), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) and the University of Innsbruck . The journal…