The YOUrALPS challenge continues. After the start of the pilot activities in September 2017 and further scientific investigation on framework conditions for the development of the Alpine School model, the next step implies the involvement of political stakeholders in the context of the so-called infodays.


With the start of the pilot site activities since September 2017, the bottom-up development of the Alpine School model has been launched: Pilot schools and associated protected areas are aiming at integrating non-formal learning approaches in the teaching of young people either in class or outdoors. In this context the practical experience of non-formal educators enriches the nature experience and will strengthen ties between youngsters and their natural environment.

At the same time a scientific analysis on the framework conditions in all the five Alpine partner countries has been carried out. At the heart of the theoretical approach remains the UNESCO concept of education for sustainable development and its interpretation by every partner country. In this way light is shed on innovative aspects for a multifaceted and interdependent approach to learning.

Hence, in spring 2018, the time will be ripe for presenting these insights to political stakeholders over the whole Alpine territory. Infodays on the project will be held in Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and France, with the goal of mobilizing political influencers and decision takers for the aims of the YOUrALPS project. It is at the political level that willingness to cooperate has to be established and an agreement has to be found to integrate the idea of the Alpine School model into formal school curricula. It is an ambitious goal and there is still a long way to go, but the infodays will be the first step on that way, calling on  political stakeholders to take notice and take action.

ALPARC is lead partner for YOUrALPS and responsible for technical and financial management and the coordination of project partners’ activities. Moreover, the network is responsible for the project’s communication activities.


YOUrALPS is an Interreg Alpine Space project and lasts from November 2016 to October 2019. It is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme.


For further information about the project, please visit the YOUrALPS website.

The registration for the 1st Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) is now open! The event, taking place on 23-24 November 2017 at BMW World in Munich, is jointly organised by Bavaria (current Presidency of the EUSALP) and the European Commission (Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy).
 

For more details:  https://www.alpine-region.eu/news/registration-1st-annual-forum-eu-strategy-alpine-region-open

In June 2017 a core group of hikers departed from Vienna and have been travelling through several destinations all over the Alps on a journey of 120 days that will lead them to Nice at the end of September.

 


Whatsalp is the continuation of TransALPedes, a journalistic-political project launched in 1992. Back then, a core group of eight specialists and media workers, accompanied by a group of interested parties, crossed the Alpine region in four months. Thanks to more than 100 encounters TransALPedes built up an international network of 800 people with committed individuals, groups and authorities engaged in the protection and long-term development of the Alpine region.


In 2017, all along the hike the core group has already had the opportunity to set up numerous site meetings with interested individuals, groups and institutions, shedding light on and discussing the changes in the landscapes and societies across the Alps that have taken place over time. The group has also been in touch and had some exchanges with the youngsters of the “Whatsalp Youth” project led by CIPRA. As the Whatsalp hike has largely followed the route that the TransALPedes Group walked 25 years ago, all the meetings have been a great opportunity to make relevant comparisons and reflect over the traces left by humans and natural events in the past as well as to draw attention to future perspectives.


Whatsalp hike has been reported through short texts, films and photos on a blog where the group has been communicating on a daily basis about what they have seen, heard and experienced.
For further information about the roadmap of previous and future meetings, the route of the hike or to register for the last stages and join the core group, please visit the website of the project.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 10:41

Reading Mountains Festival 2017

Whenever legendary figures are scrambling out of book pages, folk songs are springing to life, you are savouring your grandmother’s favourite recipes, travel reports are enticing you to go on a walking tour, forests get to dance, rocks are trembling in the face of a mystery story, classical or contemporary literature get communicated -  then, the mountains are reading! On International Mountain Day - 11 December - the cultural diversity of the Alps is celebrated!

The Reading Mountains Festival is an opportunity for partners around the Alps to organize events to celebrate Alpine literature, languages and cultures under a joint umbrella. On International Mountain Day, (11 December) and the days leading to it partners (stakeholders, schools, libraries, interested individuals, restaurants and other interested organisations) are invited to organize their/your own event highlighting Alpine literature. There are different ways to do so: by organizing a reading by a local author, having a presentation of a book set in the region or in any other innovative way. It is all about being part of a project promoting the values of the Alpine Convention: protection of the Alps, its sustainable development and its diversity. Hence, every event emphasizes the economic, environmental, social and cultural dimensions of life in the Alps. 

The Reading Mountains Festival goes beyond each of the events itself – it is also a way to connect people despite their being physically apart. In the last edition book lovers and authors, mountaineers and artists throughout the Alps (and beyond) discussed similar issues and assessed the meaning, impact and purpose of Alpine literature. Some of these discussions are captured in the film “People, Books and Mountains - The Quest for Alpine literature” that was produced as a follow up.

Organisations interested in the 2017 edition are invited to register here and receive promotional materials (posters, bookmarks andstickers) from the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention.

 

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The YOUrALPS summer school carried the flag of empowering teachers and educators in order to start the test phase of pilot actions in the winter semester 2017/18. New pedagogical approaches, practical excursions and participatory activities provided inspiration and concrete instruments with regard to a first structure of an innovative school model – the Alpine School.


From August 28th to August 31st representatives from all project pilot sites met in Naklo, Slovenia to participate in the elaboration of a framework for the Alpine School model. In this way 45 participants from France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and Germany spent four productive days together, actively engaging in discussions and fruitful exchanges concerning expectations, goals and respective approaches. In the course of the four days, the pilot sites were trained on the pedagogical approach of nature interpretation with the aim of giving young people the possibility to explore by themselves and foster individual learning. Moreover, the crucial importance of protected areas in backing mountain-oriented education was underlined, placing emphasis on several activities already in place, promoting the connection of the young generation to their living environment.


With the beginning of the winter semester 2017/18, pilot sites will start their actions for the first test phase until January 2018. Consequently, all activities will be evaluated according to specific Alpine School criteria and recommendations will be given in order to improve them for the second test phase during the summer semester 2018. The Alpine School model will be further developed and complemented by guidelines, toolkit and a certification charter such that at the end of 2019 it will ready for implementation.

The project YOUrALPS
The project YOUrALPS brings together 12 partners and 25 observers from 5 different Alpine regions and sectors. Alparc - Alpine Network for Protected Areas is lead partner and responsible for the work packages management and communication.


YOUrALPS is cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) via the Interreg Alpine Space Programme. Hence, the requirements of the Alpine Space Programme are strictly applied.

 

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Have a look at the status quo analysis report on Mountain oriented Education here

For more information on the project see: www.alpine-space.eu/projects/youralps/en/home

Monday, 18 September 2017 16:35

Danilo Re Memorial 2018

The Berchtesgaden National Park will be hosting the 23rd Danilo Re Memorial in 2018!

From January 25th to 28th 2018, the event will take place in the “Haus der Berge”, Berchtesgaden, Germany.

What exactly is the Danilo Re Memorial? 

It is an event which gathers the staff of the Alpine, and since 2017, the Carpathian protected areas.  There are 3 main parts: a thematic seminar, a sports competition (mountaineering ski, slalom, Nordic skiing and shooting) and the ALPARC General Assembly.

On this occasion, teams essentially composed of rangers meet and exchange on scientific monitoring, awareness-raising and knowledge dissemination in a context of international friendship and camaraderie.

Who can participate? 

The teams from the parks essentially composed of rangers, and the Alpine Convention; that is to say 200 people on average, coming from Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and France. 

 

The Berchtesgaden National park

Please find below a few words from the park: 

“In 2018 Berchtesgaden National Park celebrates its 40th anniversary. Consequently, the protected area around the world-famous destinations Watzmann and Königssee is the second oldest national park in Germany and at the same time the only German national park in the Alps. 

The international “Memorial Danilo Re” ranger meeting is the solemn start in a year full of events, activities and programs around the anniversary of the founding of the national park. Berchtesgarden is really looking forward to hosting “Danilo Re” for the second time, after 2006. Welcome back and see you soon in the Berchtesgaden National Park!"

For any additional information, please consult the website.

Registration are now open, please click here !

 

Saturday, 29 July 2017 14:22

Sestriere Film Festival 2017

The seventh edition of the international Sestriere Film Festival, organized by the association Montagna Italia, will be entirely dedicated to the mountains, alpinism, exploration and hiking. The festival will be accompanied by a photo contest, open to amateur and professional photographers.
You will find more information and the complete programme here.

The photo exhibition “Luci della Montagna” is opening on Friday 23rd June. Around 40 works by Luca Gino printed in high quality and on large format represent the mountains in the surrounding of Cuneo, from Marguareis to Monviso with unique and fascinating light conditions at sunrise or sunset. Every work is commented by texts from writers, journalist, alpinist and scholars. 

The exhibition is organized by Aree protette delle Alpi Marittime in collaboration with the photo lab Imprimere-Stampa Fine Art di Boves and with the support of the cultural association Il Cuneo - Eventi, Arte, Cultura.

It will be open for visits on June 25, during July and August and until September 17 at the Visitors and information centre of Parco naturale delle Alpi Marittime in Vernante (CN).

 

The GaYA project aims to increase the quality of democratic processes in the Alpine space by enhancing the inclusion of young people. The first stage of the project focused on an analysis of the situation of participatory democracy and youth participation in the Alpine regions and municipalities. With the support of all the partners, the Institute of Federalism at EURAC carried out a comparative study, including a questionnaire addressed to the Alpine regions (42 out of 48 regions answered) and interviews with 31 cities, towns and rural municipalities. 

A report with the results of this analysis will be presented in a conclusive workshop of the first stage in Bolzano (Italy) on 29th June. During the workshop it will be possible to discuss youth participation, its challenges and good practices in different policy fields with practitioners from different horizons. Please find the programme and the GaYA poster below.

If you are interested in participating in the conference, please contact EURAC at gaya@eurac.edu before June 20

Following the conference, the comparative report will be published and will be available in all Alpine languages by Autumn 2017.

Please, note that we are still searching for official observers who would like to follow more closely the work on the project, notably the upcoming pilot stage. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us at: info@alparc.org

Thursday, 11 May 2017 15:24

The AlpWeek 2016 report is now online!

The report of the fourth AlpWeek, held in October 2016 in Grassau (D), has been published. The focus of the AlpWeek was on demography, culture and quality of life. 

Furthermore, in the frame of the event a video titled “What about cooperation in the Alps?”  has been made. Via several interviews with key actors involved in the Alps-wide cooperation,  the video presents how the Alpine cooperation works,  and identifies the actors involved as well as the challenges and opportunities. The video is available in English and in all Alpine languages on the AlpWeek Youtube channel.

ALPARC had a strong presence through its actions: in the frame of the Alpine Convention’s work group for ecological connectivity, two new pilot regions were nominated, Achental (D) and Mont-Blanc Ecoregion (FR), a workshop dedicated to the pilot regions: “Development of a short- to mid-term strategy for the pilot regions”, was organised, and a cooperation memorandum was signed between ALPARC, DANUBEPARKS (Danube network of protected areas) and CNPA (network of protected areas of the Carpathians).

To better promote the project and ecological connectivity, three videos have been made; they’re available on our YouTube channel.

To read the complete report of the AlpWeek 2016, click here.

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