Nr 46 - October 2012

ALPARC – the Alpine network of protected areas – is taking on a new shape and becoming an association. The green light was given at the network's general assembly, which was held in Poschiavo, Switzerland. A constituent assembly will take place in January 2013 (18/01/2013) in tandem with the commemorative Danilo Re Meet in the Vanoise National Park in France. Please mark the date in your diaries.

We wanted to combine the association's formal creation with one of our most popular events, which is always co-organised jointly by ALPARC and the host park. This way the new-look network will begin life as we hope it will go on: at the heart of the action.

ALPARC will continue to provide services and projects for protected areas in the Alps. In future, we will be able to do even more to plead the cause of Alpine protected areas at the centre of Europe: all working together for the Alps.

Alain Brandeis, Vice-President of the Alpine Network of Protected Areas (ALPARC)

News from the network ALPARC


Eighteenth Danilo Re Meet in the Vanoise National Park

From Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 January 2013, the Vanoise National Park will host the 18th Danilo Re Meet, named in memory of the park warden from Cuneo in Piedmont, Italy, who died in the course of his duties in 1995. (...)


Multivision is available for you to use

The multivision production "For the Alps" was premiered on 24 May 2012 and then presented at AlpWeek in September. It is an unique and original audiovisual work created by ALPARC and is now available free of charge for use by all protected areas in the network. It is ideal for using in visitor centres or at events. (...)


Postcards: showcasing French protected areas

The collection of ALPARC postcards has been expanded this year and now covers nine regional natural parks from two Alpine regions in France: Rhone-Alpes and Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur. A third national park has also joined the Ecrins and Vanoise: the Mercantour National Park. (...)

A protected area in the spotlight


The Mont Avic Nature Park

The Mont Avic nature park covers the area of approximately 5.800 hectares between the high alpine valleys of Champdepraz and Champorcher in the Italian region of Aosta Valley. Together with Gran Paradiso national park and Vanoise national park in France, it forms vast and one of the largest trans boundary protected areas in the Alps. (...)

News from the protected areas


2 young bearded vultures born in the Aosta Valley

It is a great reward for the National Park Gran Paradiso and the Region Valle d’Aosta, both very proud of their contribution to this fantastic reintroduction project of a particularly emblematic species of the alpine fauna. (...)


ANNOUNCEMENT of the Hohe Tauern National Park for the "5th Symposium on Research in Protected Areas"

Any scientist can apply whose research is related to protected areas and to this year's guiding theme (...)


Will there soon be « quiet zones » in the French Alps?

Article 10 of the Tourism Protocol of the Alpine Convention foresees “the creation of quiet zones were no touristic infrastructure shall be developed”. Quiet zones are areas that present no particular interest from a strict biological point of view but they are exceptional and merit protection for their natural dimension, their particular calm and silence… their tranquility. (...)


The Nature Park as facilitator for the creations and transfer of enterprises

Facilitating and supporting the creation of new enterprises is acknowledged as an important activity to maintain and reinforce the economic vitality of a territory and its enterprises. The Regional Nature Park Chartreuse is therefore encouraging and supporting the transfer of enterprises and the creation of new activities. (...)


Thematic catalogue: research in the Swiss parks

The scientific group dedicated to research in the Swiss parks has been commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) to create a thematic catalogue. (...)

News from the Alps


Wilderness in Austria

Wilderness areas are almost virgin spaces, without any human touch. (...)


Evaluating Management Effectiveness of National Parks

A method to evaluate the management effectivness of the National Parks was published by Michael Getzner, Michael Jungmeier and Bernd Pfleger, based on the case study of the Austrian National Park Gesäuse. (...)


White Wilderness

The board game “White Wilderness” offers teenagers and young adults in particular the possibility to reflect on the subject of wildlife and winter outdoor activities in an active and playful manner. (...)



  News from the network ALPARC
  A protected area in the spotlight
  News from the protected areas
  News from the Alps


  17/10/2012 to 19/10/2012  BIOS-center, Mallnitz
    2nd International Workshop "Mountain Environmental Education in Alpine Protected Areas"
  26/10/2012 to 28/10/2012  Zernez
  19/10/2012 to 20/10/2012  Annecy
    « La France des Grands Lacs : un patrimoine à préserver »
  06/10/2012 to 18/10/2012  Chamonix Mont-Blanc
    6èmes Rencontres Alpines
  10/06/2013 to 11/06/2013  Hohe Tauern National Park
    Symposium 2013 for Research in Protected Areas

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