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"We enable regions and cities to jointly tackle challenges that go beyond borders."

How often have you crossed national borders in the Alps without even noticing? Borders are conventions, but natural elements such as rivers follow their own logic and call for a different, transnational approach. Besides river management, also climate change, migration and integration of transport systems are examples of issues that countries cannot solve separately from their neighbours. Only by working together regions and cities can successfully tackle these challenges at Alpine level.

 

Keep reading and find out how our projects of the month cooperate across borders in the Alpine Space!

SPARE: Alpine rivers as society's lifelines

Alpine river ecosystems are essential for the well-being of all living species. As such, they should be protected and well-managed so as to ensure a sustainable use of this valuable water resource. SPARE contributed to the harmonisation of protection needs and human use requirements of Alpine rivers by making an overview of priority rivers needing protection across the Alps and promoting the use of participatory methods and of a catchment-wide, transnational approach. The project also developed an action and policy support platform.

HyMoCARES: Alpine rivers are working for us

River corridors represent one of the most used and modified landscape elements in the Alps. They provide key ecosystem services, but many of them are currently at risk or already significantly degraded. HyMoCARES tackles the challenges linked to the conservation of Alpine rivers and related ecosystems with jointly developed activities beyond borders. The project treats rivers as ecosystem services, which are useful only when healthy. HyMoCARES provides tools to assess and improve the hydromorphologic quality of rivers integrating local and basin levels.

AlpES: Alpine Ecosystem Services - mapping, maintenance, management

Besides rivers, also grasslands, woods and even swamps provide services to people living in the Alps. As a basis for joint action, public authorities, policy makers, NGOs and economic actors need a common understanding of ecosystem services and comparable information on their status. In addition, they need supporting tools for integrating them in their fields of work. AlpES developed a set of tools (such as the AlpES WebGIS)  that can help public bodies, interest groups, researchers and economic players identify, assess and manage ecosystems services at a transnational scale.

ALPBIONET2030: Integrative Alpine wildlife and habitat management

Ecosystems provide services not only for humans, but also for animals. ALPBIONET2030 deals with habitat loss and fragmentation, which constitute the single greatest threat to biodiversity worldwide. The project builds an Alpine wildlife strategy and tests it in areas where it is possible to set up corridors between remaining habitat patches to support genetic diversity, migrations and species adaptation to climate change.

AlpInnoCT: Alpine innovation for combined transport

Transport is another field that calls for transnational solutions: the Alps are a sensitive ecosystem vulnerable to pollutant emissions and climate change. Continued growth in freight traffic volumes leads to environmental problems, which reinforces the need to review the existing organisation of transport and develop innovative models to protect the Alpine Space. AlpInnoCT offers joint solutions to strengthen ecological transport and establish more efficient freight transport corridors by raising the efficiency and productivity of combined transport.

PlurAlps: Enhancing capacities for a pluralistic Alpine Space

The Alpine area is experiencing challenges of an ageing population and new migration models. At the same time, increasing cultural diversity and pluralism are opportunities for social innovation and development. PlurAlps offers transnational solutions for municipalities in the Alpine area towards the integration of all types of migrants e.g. thanks to the social planning instrument. The tool supports mid and long-term social planning to take the interests of both the local natives and the new residents into account.

AlpWeek Intermezzo - register by 15 March

You can still register for the AlpWeek Intermezzo here until 15 March.

 

Like its bigger sister, the quadrennial AlpWeek, Alpweek Intermezzo is an international event on sustainable development and related Alpine issues, jointly organised by key Alpine organisations.

 

The lunch to lunch conference will take place on 3-4 April in Innsbruck, Austria. It will bring Alpine stakeholders together to meet and exchange views on the topic “Tomorrow in the Alps”. 

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We are Alps Compact 2019: Open call for journalists

 

Every year, the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention invites journalists to "We are Alps", a tour across the Alps to experience interesting initiatives in the Alps hands-on. This year´s "We are Alps Compact" edition is being held on 3-4 April simultaneously to the XV Alpine Conference in Innsbruck, Austria. It will focus on the topics of climate change, natural hazard and governance. 

 

The call is open until Sunday, 10 March, for interested journalists from all types of media, to apply for a place on the tour. Further information and the application documents can be found on the Alpine Convention’s website.

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