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Ecosystems and their services go beyond national borders and need a transnational approach for their dynamic protection, sustainable use, management and risk prevention. As a basis for joint action, public authorities, policy makers, NGOs, researchers and economic actors – the AlpES target groups – need a common understanding of ecosystem services, comparable information on their status and support in using appropriate tools for integrating them in their fields of work. More

SPARE – Alpine rivers as society’s lifelines

(c) Heinz Heiss

What is the state of the Alpine rivers? How can we bring those responsible and other interested parties to committing themselves to holistic river management? The SPARE project strives to answer these and other questions. CIPRA is leading the communication within SPARE. More


© Inès Hubert

Only minimally impacted by human intervention, areas with limited infrastructural development in the Alps provide European societies with a wide range of ecosystem services, such as the conservation of biodiversity and climate regulation.The project is based on experiences from similar approaches with regard to the assessment, communication and valuation of these landscapes. WorthWild offers a new approach that not only highlights the importance of the classical concept of nature and landscape conservation. More

Alpine Rhine Valley Green Belt

(c) Frank Schultze/Zeitenspiegel

If cross-border co-operation does not function, even very expensive conservation actions can prove futile. The “Alpine Rhine Valley Green Belt” project is helping improve the situation. The Swiss cantons of St. Gallen and Graubünden, the Austrian federal state of Vorarlberg and the Principality of Liechtenstein have exchanged ideas during the project in order to co-ordinate actions and, subsequently, successfully implement them across borders. Considering that even small actions can contribute towards creating ecological networks, CIPRA shows a positive example through the reconnection of the Tentschagraben in Liechtenstein and the channel (Binnenkanal). Thanks to the generous support of the Paul Schiller Foundation, CIPRA was able to carry out the first phase of the “Alpine Rhine Valley Green Belt” project in 2014. These activities were integrated into the Alpine-wide greenAlps project, in which CIPRA was financially supported by the Principality of Liechtenstein. More

Ecological Network Platform

(c) Markus Burtscher

Connecting natural spaces is of key importance for the nature protection goals of the Alpine Convention, and the Ecological Network Platform has thus been established under the aegis of the Alpine Convention with the goal of supporting the creation of a cross-border alpine network of protected areas and connecting elements in particular on the political level. CIPRA contributes to the work of the Platform on the strategic as well as on the operational level. More

The Alps have great potential for the use of renewable energy. Thereby they can make a valuable contribution to mitigating climate change. This, however, means increasing pressures on nature. What could be the impact of such changes on the habitats of animals and plants? How do they affect land use and soil quality? How much renewable energy can reasonably be used? CIPRA played a leading role in the development of the project and was responsible for public relations as well as organising both the mid-term and the concluding conferences. More


Numerous investigations have shown the immense richness and benefits of biodiversity in the Alps, as well as what could be done to safeguard and ensure the continuance of this situation. However these findings have not been universally adopted in policies or by those responsible for implementing them. This is where the greenAlps project came in: it investigated and took the results from on-going and completed European projects, processed them and made them accessible to the key stakeholders at regional, national and international level. The aim was to improve the framework conditions for sustainable, efficient European environmental policies that would protect and maintain nature in the Alps. More

Stage is set for hermits and fire salamanders

(c) Michael Kettner

What can be done to preserve the diversity of plant and animal species in the Alps? CIPRA provides some answers in the short film "For hermits and fire salamanders - How municipalities connect habitats in the Alps". More

Ecological Continuum Initiative

From lynx to tamarisk, the vision is the same: all the species of flora and fauna that constitute the natural diversity of the Alps are in good condition and benefiting from a high degree of habitat connectivity. That is the goal of the Ecological Continuum promoted by the Alpine Network of Protected Areas (ALPARC), CIPRA and the International Scientific Committee for Alpine Research (ISCAR). The three partners in the Ecological Continuum Initiativeare working independently of any project deadlines or political decisions. With financial support provided in particular by the MAVA Foundation, since 2007 they focussed in particular on the following three targets: Initiating, promoting and mentoring activities; Providing know-how; Awareness-building. More


The objective of the ECONNECT project, which was launched in 2008, was to protect, maintain and restore ecological connectivity in the Alps. For this purpose a number of pilot regions have been selected with the aim of developing and testing a methodology that is applicable to the whole of the Alpine region. More


Nature does not respect any municipal or national borders. Successful nature protection is transnational.  In four cooperation projects 23 members of “Alliance in the Alps” exchange on the subjects visitor management, ecologically valuable urban green space, wetlands and the promotion of local products and ecological agriculture. By joint actions and events at local, regional and international level dynAlp-nature wants to promote connectivity of natural areas and the exchange of experiences between the municipalities. CIPRA designed dynAlp-nature and is responsible for the project management. More


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Martha Dunbar
CIPRA International
Project manager Biodiversity and Landscape

T: +423 237 53 53