This working group’s main objective is to foster exchanges between educators in the protected areas in order to share various pedagogical activities and tools, to identify future opportunities for collaboration and to define common needs for the working group itself. The group meets every two years in a different protected area in the Alpine arc to discuss different key themes. This exchange allows for educators and project managers to discover new approaches and to exchange experiences and practices. In the past few years, the group also gave feedback on the international project ‘Youth at the Top’ with the aim of further improving the initiative. The latest working group meeting was held in Triglav National Park (SL) in 2018 and different debates took place on the use of new technologies in outdoor education and youth participation in protected areas.
The ESD in the Alps working group was originally created in 1998 as a communication working group with the goal of being a horizontal group that touches upon a wide range of topics. In ALPARC's early years, the emphasis was on developing internal communications by fostering exchanges between the managers of Alpine Protected Areas. The working group also incorporated various communication initiatives, such as the results from the ALPENCOM project from 2005 to 2007, whose goal was to establish a communication and information exchange system for the sustainable management of natural resources in the Alps and to ensure a regular exchange, training and common planning on environmental management issues.