Monday, 12 September 2016 16:20

News from members

Two new members

We are glad to welcome 2 new members in our network this year: The Natural Park Ötztal, in Austria and the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous region in Italy

Changes in management

In February 2016, the National Stelvio Park consortium (IT) that managed the park since October 1995, has been dissolved. Since the 1st of March, the park administrative supervision and management has been transferred to the related territories: Autonomous Province of Bolzano and of Trento and Lombardy region. A coordination committee, presided by Ugo Parolo, insures the unity of the park. Wolfgang Platter, director of the former consortium, has retired the 1st of September 2016. Involved for years in the network, he remains ALPARC Council Vice President until the next elections. We already wish him success in his personal projects.

In the French protected areas, several nominations are highlighted

Henriette Martinez, Major of Laragne-Montéglin (Hautes-Alpes), President of the Laragnais Community of Communes, is the new president of the Baronnies Provençales Regional Nature Park, an organisation she has supported since the beginning. This year she was also elected President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte-D’azur Regional Nature Parks network and Vice President of the French Federation of Regional Nature Parks.

As for Eva Aliacar, she has assumed the position of Director of the National Nature Park of Vanoise last July. She is the second woman to manage the Park since its creation and replaces Emmanuel Michau.

Regarding the Nature Park of the Massif des Bauges, it is Jean-Luc Desbois, former deputy director who is now at its head.
3 French Alpine National Parks strenghten their cooperation

The presidents and directors of the 3 National Parks of the French Alps (Mercantour, Vanoise, Écrins) are involved to make a joint effort to settle technical cooperation and to look for financings. European financing search for joint actions is one of the most important point of this cooperation. Actions have already been pooled: as regards scientific research, "Lacs sentinelles" and "Alpages sentinelles" programmes that are great examples.

Thursday, 08 September 2016 16:42

Autumn's Readings

Following summer reads on the beach or on the grass, we recommend reads for the beginning of the autumn term with some studious books:

"Wilderei im rhätischen Dreiländereck" - "Poaching in the Raetian region – Cross-border studies tracking until Tibet"

This book (304 p.) was written by Heinrich Haller, Director of the Swiss National Park and will be published in October 2016 in German language and in 2017 in Italian language. A presentation of the book is planned for the 12th October 2016, 8.30pm, in Zernez/CH.

To read an extract:

“Urban Protected Areas - Profiles and best practice guidelines” – IUCN (2014)

Continued urbanization and metropolisation make urban protected areas a matter of crucial concern. In this volume the IUCN emphasizes management approaches that are especially relevant to protected areas in urban regions.



"Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come"


ALPARC is currently completing the publication of its book to be published in October 2016, on the occasion of AlpWeek and the XIV Alpine Conference which end the German Presidency of the Alpine Convention, in Grassau/D from the 11th to the 15th October 2016. The book is published by the German Ministry of Environment in English language and will be downloadable on ALPARC website


Thursday, 13 October 2016 15:40

Alpine Nature 2030 - publication

Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come


The book Page Titre Nature2030"Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come" is published by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and  Nuclear Safety (BMUB). 
The Federal Ministry for the Environment considers the creation of an ecological network in Europe to be crucial for achieving a global network of protected areas as envisaged in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In this context, the spatial connectivity of protected areas and transboundary protected areas plays an important role in the implementation of the Alpine Convention. Article 12 of the Nature Protection and Landscape Conservation Protocol of the Alpine Convention envisages the creation of an ecological network.

The publication has been published in partnership with ALPARC, the University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna and Blue! .


This publication is available as e-paper .

Open the publication as e-paper

You can order the publication at :



"Life needs connectivity- Three love stories" - 3 video clips

Frise 3 animaux

Ecological connectivity is needed on land, under water and in the air to safeguard biodiversity for future generations.

The three video clips "Life needs connectivity.Three love stories" are made by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation,  Building and  Nuclear Safety (Germany ) in partnership with ALPARC, University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna and Blue! in the frame of the work of the publication " Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come " . 

Video produced by MischiefVisit. 

Visit our Youtube page and have a look at these 3 video clips!



Published in Co-edition
This publication recommends ways in which decision makers can implement biodiversity policies more effectively.
Published in Co-edition
This publication gives an overview on the greenAlps project results.
Published in Co-edition

The alpine Pilot Regions for ecological connectivity stay among the working priorities of the Platform “Ecological Network” of the Alpine Convention.
After the nomination of a new transboundary pilot region between Italy and Slovenia at the last Alpine Conference in November 2014 in Torino, the Platform “Ecological Network” of the Alpine Convention underlined its determination to work in close cooperation with the existing pilot regions  and to support the nomination of new pilot regions.

The German-French presidency of the Platform under the chair of Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst (BfN) has proposed a series of activities to implement the mandate of the working group: the cooperation with other Platforms of the Alpine Convention, an active participation in the work done for the alpine macro regional strategy (EUSALP) as well as a strong support to the development of new European projects on the topic of ecological connectivity.

The Platform Ecological network is also involved in the European effort of establishing “green infrastructure” participating and contributing to the Working Group “Green Infrastructure and Restoration” and by presenting the alpine activities to a European public at the upcoming Green Week that takes place in Brussels in June 2015.

Web pages:
Page of the EU Commission on green infrastructure:
Platform “Ecological Network “of the Alpine Convention:

This section includes all the PowerPoint presentations shown during the Workshop „Wildlife and connected habitats” that  took place the 11th and 12th of December 2014 in Admont, at the Gesäuse National Park – Styria (Austria)

Published in The resources library

The Conference will take place from 13 to 15 October 2014 in the Congress Center "Le Manège".


Various sectors, such as land-use planning or agriculture, must be involved in order to ensure biodiversity in the Alps. In many regions the results of projects and studies are often not known or not directly applicable. How can the framework for a sustainable, efficient European environmental policy be improved? And how can the new EU funding programmes effectively contribute to maintaining biodiversity?

These and other topics will be discussed at the international final conference of the greenAlps project.The topics will be addressed by speakers from different perspectives, from European to local level, and discussed within the framework of workshops and field trips.

At the opening of the conference, the local population is invited to exchange views on the added value of protected areas and taste it in form of local delicacies.We invite you to join the discussion!
Contributions will be translated into German, French, Italian and Slovenian.Participation is free of charge.

The programme and the registration form are available at

The deadline for registrations is 30 September 2014.


The greenAlps project is co-funded by the EU in the context of the Alpine Space Programme INTERREG IV B in order to put into effect the results of current and completed projects in the area of biodiversity.
Further informations of the project available here.


 Alpine Space

Published in Events of ALPARC
Friday, 18 June 2010 02:00

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 the Arinas company;

The benefits of this initiative are numerous, indeed, it will make it possible the Pilot regions to apply a strategy harmonized in order to analyze the situation of ecological connectivity. 

 The pilot regions will be able to identify the ideal and priority surface to establish future measures of connectivity, then to make use of it like support of communication on Internet for the various users, and authorities.

This easily accessible tool will bring a visibility of connectivity. It will be possible to visualize at the same time the habitats of the species and the results of connectivity. 

Econnect awaited an effective tool to incorporate and to combine the space results of the project and a facilitated access of all the stakeholders concerned, it’s done!

Ruedi Haller from the Swiss National Park presents the cartographic tool JECAMI


Link(s) :
Tuesday, 30 December 2008 01:00

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 presented the results that will form the foundations for moving ahead with the practical work on ecological networks in the Alps.
The methodology for establishing ecological networks was out together by a range of scientific experts and has now been finalised and published. The methodology is available at . The catalogue of measures will also be available soon.

Theoretical basis defined, now for implementation on the ground 

The pilot areas in Austria and Switzerland have already held initial meetings with the key local contributors and activities have now begun in the regions. Meetings with the stakeholders in Germany are due to be held in the near future. In France, the Isère département has begun the operational phase of its large-scale project to recreate biological corridors in the Grésivaudan valley, which includes installing special "animals crossing "warning signs at key points on the road network, alterations to water plants, major awareness-raising campaigns, and more.

A trans-European project

The Alpine Space programme — a European Territorial Cooperation programme — has approved a project proposal with a budget of over EUR 3 million on this subject. The official launch of the ECONNECT project was held in Vienna in early November 2008 (see article ).

Alpine Convention activities

The German presidency of the ecological network platform of the Alpine Convention has commissioned consultants to devise selection criteria to identify potential pilot Alpine sites for the creation of ecological network projects. In January 2009, France will take over the presidency of the platform for two years (to end-2010).

Taking shape…

As you can see, 2008 was a very fruitful year for ecological networks. Not only have we been able to establish a common approach and vision for the Alps, we have also put the first few pieces of the Alpine ecological network in place. We hope that 2009 will be equally productive, so that we can see even more of the bigger picture emerge.