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On Thursday April 11th, 2019, the new regional platform of the Alpine network ALPARC CENTR’ALPS was officially founded in Balderschwang, Nagelfluhkette Nature Park (DE).  Directly linked by contract to the ALPARC network, the new platform has an association status based on German law. 

The creation of a regional platform is based on the decisions of ALPARC’s last three General Assemblies, who decided to put in place a decentralized structure of ALPARC to guarantee concrete work on the ground, a closer proximity towards the managers of the protected areas and local initiatives. ALPARC CENTR’ALPS shares the same objectives and working axes of its “mother organization” and represents a concrete possibility for smaller protected areas and local managers of biodiversity and natural sites to join the network.  Thanks to ALPARC CENTR’ALPS there will be an opportunity to gain access to more of the EU’s funding for the central region. 

The 10 founding members include protected areas from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Swiss Park Network, the Federation of the Austrian Nature Park and the interactive natural museum Inatura located in Dornbin, Germany. The presidency of ALPARC CENTR’ALPS is assured by Peter Oggier, the current president of ALPARC and director of the Nature Park Pfyn-Finges

To insure a regional presence of the Alpine network with regional contact points and to guarantee the proximity to the protected areas, ALPARC is planning to create a second regional platform in the south-eastern Alps (East of Italy or Slovenia). This will strengthen the network’s activities.

List of the 10 founding members of the ALPARC CENTR'ALPS:

 

The international photography contest “Fotografare il Parco” is now open for its 13th edition. The contest, organized by the Stelvio, Gran Paradiso, Abruzzo-Lazio-Molise and Vanoise National Parks, is a must do for any photographer passionate about mountain wildlife. Although these national parks may seem far from each other, they are all connected through their beauty, natural landscapes, and biodiversity of plants and animals. Participating in this event is an opportunity to enhance these protected areas, since the winners’ photos will be used in the parks’ exhibitions, publications, websites and social networks. 

Participants can compete in four categories:  The Park Landscape, The Park Wildlife, The Park Microcosmos and natural details, and The Park Plant World. For each category, photographers can send up to four photos either in color or in black and white. Winners will be awarded a cash prize in addition to stays in the national parks and a subscription to the to the magazine “La Rivista della Natura”

Participation is free of charge and the contest will be open until September 30th, 2019. Participation rules can be found on the Fotografare il Parco website

                                         

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 15:28

New edition of eco.mont journal available

The new edition of eco.mont - Journal of protected mountain areas research is now available!

The journal is aimed at scientists, managers of protected areas and interested individuals on research and management issues related to protected areas in the Alps and other protected mountain areas. It is on its 10th anniversary and was founded as a joint initiative by the Alpine Network of Protected Areas (ALPARC), the International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps (ISCAR), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) and the University of Innsbruck.

eco.mont is published twice a year as a collaboration of the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press and Innsbruck University Press

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

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

The International Conference that took place on the 16th-18th of May in Sölk, Sölktäler Nature Park (Styria, Austria) on "The Wolf in the alpine cultural landscape – chances and challenges" has gathered about 100 of participants. There has been some interesting debate and the subject was actively discussed in the presence of Marianne Elmi, Deputy Secretary General of the Alpine Convention.

 

For further information, please click on this link.

The event was co-organised by SÖLKTÄLER NATURE PARK and ALPARC.

 

Young people (14-25 years old) tend to leave peripheral Alpine regions due to the lack of personal and professional fulfilment, in particular regarding education and job opportunities as well as social integration. The majority of decision- and policy-makers lack awareness of the needs of young people as well as tools to better integrate them in urban and rural societies.

During the first period of the GaYA project (Governance and Youth in the Alps), ALPARC and the project consortium collected data on democratic and participatory processes across the Alps which particularly focus on youth. The aim is to highlight the best practices of youth participation in a comparative study, which is led by Eurac Research. The results will be officially presented at the international workshop “Democratic Participation in Political Decision-Making: The Involvement of Young Adults in the Alpine Region”, to be held on June 29th 2017 (9.30 am -5.00pm) at Eurac Research in Bolzano (IT).

Regarding the pilot stage following this preliminary study, the pilot site selection process is about to conclude. Overall, the project will implement trainings and pilot actions in 12 pilot sites, i.e. cities, municipalities and regions, in order to spread and exchange knowledge and encourage participation by the younger generations in democratic processes. ALPARC is work package leader in the pilot stage (End 2017-2018).

GaYA runs from November 2016 to February 2019 and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme (Total budget: 1.092.748 € - 928.836€ ERDF grant).
 
For further information, please visit the GaYA website.

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It’s a full-time job for the 12 project partners of the Interreg Alpine Space Project YOUrALPS – Educating youth for the Alps: (re)connecting Youth and Mountain heritage for an inspiring future in the Alps. (2016- 2019).

Since the official launch of the project, which took place during the Kick-off Meeting (January 2017 – Chambéry, France), each work package leader and project partner has been fully involved in structuring project activities to foster and strengthen the Alpine mountain-oriented education sector via concrete international cooperation.

On the one hand the project consortium is laying the foundation for structuring an international network of formal and non-formal education actors under the coordination of the French Network Educ’Alpes. A joint database and web-platform will be the central tool supporting exchanges between stakeholders. The first version of the web-platform will be available by the end of the year.

On the other hand the Innsbruck University Department of Geography is leading the research to gather innovative practices in Mountain-Oriented Education in order to provide an overview of the status quo of existing Mountain-Oriented Education practices in the Alpine countries. A first report of the “Good practices” has been concluded by the VNO and is available on the YOUrALPS website.  In this frame, to identify success factors as well as challenges of “Mountain-Oriented Education”, an Alpine-wide survey addressed to young people has been circulated. We invite all of you to invite young Alpine inhabitants to take part in the survey.

Moreover, 12 YOUrALPS’ pilot sites from all the Alpine countries have been selected.  The pilot sites, a tandem of a school with a protected area, will work jointly during the 2017- 2018 school year in order to provide young people with opportunities to develop their awareness of and sensitivity to the Alpine natural and cultural heritage.

The project consortium will meet in Ljubljana (12- 13 June 2017) for the Project Steering Group Meeting. A “Summer School” addressed to educators & teachers will take place in Slovenia from 28th to 31st August 2017 and will be hosted by the project partner BC Naclo High school.

ALPARC is project leader for YOUrALPS. The Network is responsible for technical and financial management and coordination of project partners’ activities. ALPARC is also responsible for the project communication activities. YOUrALPS lasts from November 2016 to October 2019 and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme (Total budget: 2.001.017, 40 € - ERDF grant: 1.615.864, 77 EUR).


YOUrALPS partners:

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•   For further information about the project, please visit the YOUrALPS web site
ALPARC contact: 
Letizia Arneodo Letizia.arneodo@alparc.org
Veronika Widmann  veronika.widmann@alparc.org

•    For further information about the survey please contact:
Attn:  Maximilian Riede Maximilian.Riede@uibk.ac.at Universität Innsbruck - Institut für Geographie

 

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 11:42

Conference on "Youth and Governance"

In the frame of the Interreg Alpine Space  projet “GaYA - Governance and Youth in the Alps” a conference

“Democratic Participation at Political Decision-Making: The Involvement of Young Adults in the Alpine Region”

will take place on Thursday, 29th June 2017 (9.30-17.00) at EURAC research , Bolzano/Bozen, Italy.

The final programme and the registration form will be available soon.

For further information please contact EURAC research at greta.klotz[@]eurac.edu

 

 

 

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