The 2017 edition of the Alpine Convention photo contest is focused on Water that was identified as one of the Alpine Convention’s main topics and fields of work.

Either in lakes, rivers, glaciers, snow or rain, water is visible across the Alps and represents a crucial resource that the Alps provide to an area that stretches well beyond the perimeter of the territory defined by the Alpine Convention itself.

The participants are asked to submit pictures representing Water in the Alps, emphasizing how it is related to life, as well as other aspects such as the different uses of water, its consumption or preservation.

The best pictures will be included in 2018 calendar of the Alpine Convention. Photos can be submitted until 3rd September 2017.

For further information, please visit the website.

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 Aware of the role young researchers play in the shaping of the future of the Alps, Alpine Convention seeks every year to reward the best master theses of students from different universities from across the Alps, who deal with relevant Alpine topics.

This year’s 4th edition of Young Academics Award is entitled “Sustainable water management in the Alps”: because of the seasonal variations and pollution, water is an endangered resource, but at the same time, it is of crucial importance for people in the Alps.

The particular problems the contest will be focusing on are : conflicting water uses among different sectors, abundance and scarcity of water and efficient water use.

The initiative is lead in collaboration with ISCAR.


Besides the three main prizes, which will be awarded by the Austrian Presidency and the Permanent Secretariat, Alpine Convention’s Infopoints in Domodossola, Gran Paradiso, Morbegno and Tolmin will likewise award the works thematically relevant to their areas. The deadline for applications is May 31st 2018.


You will find more information about the award here.

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On 10th-12th October 2017 the high level representatives from the seven countries of the Carpathian Convention will gather in Lillafüred, Hungary and meet many stakeholders from the region, as well as from the European and international levels.

The Conference of the Parties is the main decision-making body of the Carpathian Convention. The Fifth Meeting (COP5) will address different issues and topics such as the adoption of a new Protocol on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development, the inclusion of a new Article 12bis on “Climate Change” and a high-level panel discussion on the future of the Carpathian region.

The Conference will also host the meetings concerning the implementation of the thematic protocols already adopted in the framework of the Carpathians Convention (i.e. the Protocol on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological and Landscape Diversity, the Protocol on Sustainable Forest Management and the Protocol on Sustainable Tourism).

The event is going to be a relevant step to further strengthen sustainable development and ensure the protection of biological, landscape and cultural diversity in the Carpathian region.

The registration is currently open through the form available here.

For further practical information and the agenda, visit the website of the conference here.

 

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Monday, 19 June 2017 13:39

"We are Alps" journalists tour 2017

The Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention is organizing the “We are Alps “ journalist tour:  an annual event for a group of journalists who will be crossing the Alps in a week-long excursion.

The upcoming edition will take place from the 25th June to the 2nd July 2017 and will be focused on the topic of WATER IN THE ALPS.

Interested journalists are invited to apply by the deadline on the 30th of April 2017.

The small group of journalists taking part in the event will be using sustainable means of transport (trains, buses, boats, bicycles) on a route from Vienna to Monaco.

During the excursion, the group will have the chance to be involved in different activities related to the topic of this year, notably meeting actors of flagship projects for innovative water management and many other people from the alps (experts, representatives of the civil society, of different economic sectors and different administrative levels, business people, workers, farmers and politicians). The event is an occasion to raise awareness on the challenges and opportunities of the Alpine area with a specific focus on water. 

For further information about the event, the selection procedure and other details, please visit the following link: http://www.alpconv.org/en/activities/wearealps/WeareAlps2017/default.html

 

The Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention is organizing the “We are Alps “ journalist tour:  an annual event for a group of journalists who will be crossing the Alps in a week-long excursion.  The upcoming edition will take place from the 25th June to the 2nd July 2017 and will be focused on the topic of WATER IN THE ALPS. The application for potential journalist participants is currently open! 

Interested journalists are invited to apply by the deadline on the 30th of April 2017. Selected candidates will be notified by mid-May.

The small group of journalists taking part in the event will be using sustainable means of transport (trains, buses, boats, bicycles) on a route from Vienna to Monaco.

During the excursion, the group will have the chance to be involved in different activities related to the topic of this year, notably meeting actors of flagship projects for innovative water management and many other people from the alps (experts, representatives of the civil society, of different economic sectors and different administrative levels, business people, workers, farmers and politicians). The event is an occasion to raise awareness on the challenges and opportunities of the Alpine area with a specific focus on water. 

For further information about the event, the selection procedure and other details, please visit the following link: http://www.alpconv.org/en/activities/wearealps/WeareAlps2017/default.html

 

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"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

Friday, 26 August 2016 12:22

IUCN World conservation congress

Between the 1st and 10th of September 2016 in Hawai'i it will take place the IUCN Word conservation Congress which is the world’s largest and most democratic recurring conservation event in the world.

Heads of State and other high-level government officials, top CEOs and business leaders, representatives from indigenous groups and leading civil society organisations of all shapes and sizes along with top scientists, academics, influencers, educators and artists from all over the world will be there to define the sustainable path for moving 2015's historic climate and sustainable development agreements into action.

During this congress it will take place the session: Mountain Protected Areas: Leadership for adapting to a Changing World which will be particularily dedicated to Mountain protected areas. All information here

 

For more information and to register visit the IUCN Website

Join us to define the sustainable path for moving 2015's historic climate and sustainable development agreements into action.

Join us to define the sustainable path for moving 2015's historic climate and sustainable development agreements into action.

The international conference of LabEx ITEM " Mountain regions, territories of innovation" will be held in the City Territory - Université de Grenoble-Alpes, Grenoble, France, from 11 to 13 January 2017.

The aim of this project is to conduct a social, economic and cultural analysis of innovation in Mountain Territories. A lot of issues will be debated, such as : What role in innovation at the local and regional levels (and their links)? Which meanings and visions of the mountain are at issue in the light of change? And what kind of territories emerge from these transitions?

More information and registration : http://labex-item.insight-outside.fr/colloque-innovation-montagne/index.php?langue=en&onglet=6&acces=&idUser=&emailUser=

A moins de 6 mois de la COP21 de Paris, la FRAPNA veut alerter sur les effets spécifiques du changement climatique sur nos montagnes.
Nous voulons faire entendre l'urgence : même si nous contenons la hausse globale des températures à +2°C, seuil qui nous permet d'éviter l'altération irréversible de notre système climatique, c'est +4°C qui règneront sur nos montagnes.

Rendez-vous le 26 septembre au grand colloque FRAPNA avec les scientifiques, les décideurs économiques et politiques pour en débattre...

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 02:00

Project "Sommet(s) pour le Climat"

Sommet(s) pour le Climat is a project led by a group of French mountaineers, consisting of a collective crossing of the “Massif des Écrins” in the French Alps. The aim of the project is to promote useful solutions for a more ecological and sustainable world. On the occasion of the COP21, which will be held in Paris in December 2015, this project highlights the positive values of the mountain as well as the importance to mobilize the mountain networks to fight against climate change.
Several actions are proposed both at national and international levels, including:

 

-    21 day crossing across the peaks of the Massif des Écrins” (29 June – 19 July 2015);
-    Simultaneous climbing all over the world to enhance the international dimension of the issue (11-12 July 2015);
-    Organization of a photo contest :“photos décalées”.

The project is supported by different partners: FFCAM, Mountain Wilderness, Négawatt Association, Écrins National Park, Educ’Alpes, Réseau Action Climat, la Revue Durable.

For further information, you will find the press release below.

To know all the details about this project, visit the website.

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