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Underestimated soil

Oct 04, 2017
Underestimated soil

We cannot breathe it, we cannot drink it, and yet it forms the very basis of our lives: soil feeds us, is home to us, protects us. Why has its importance hardly been recognised until today?

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Salvation for the bees?

Aug 30, 2017
Salvation for the bees?

The European Commission is discussing the use of neonicotinoids. The damage caused by these insecticides also strongly affects bees.

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Rivers connect people

Aug 29, 2017

The partners of the Spare Project are as diverse as they are at home in different Alpine countries, comprising as they do a university, two research agencies, two official bodies, a regional office, and two environmental organisations. Together they demonstrate how river management can be improved above and beyond administrative, cultural and technical boundaries.

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The Alpine Rhine fête

Jul 26, 2017
The Alpine Rhine fête

CIPRA Liechtenstein. Taming Europe’s biggest torrent began some two hundred years ago. Today, the Alpine Rhine is a canal, its course lined for the most part by intensively used farmland and residual pockets of wetland forest.

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Pesticides: a tug of war

Jul 12, 2017
Pesticides: a tug of war

Pesticides damage the environment, threaten useful species like bees, pollute the water in the Alps, while some are suspected of causing cancer. They nevertheless appear to be indispensable in conventional agriculture.

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“A picture speaks a thousand words” - SPARE Project communicating through multimedia

Jun 06, 2017
“A picture speaks a thousand words” - SPARE Project communicating through multimedia

With a brand new collection of infographics and photo books the SPARE Project partners aim at visually communicating the current river management processes in each of the project’s five Pilot Case Study sites.

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Point of view: Biodiversity Conservation: less talk, more action

May 17, 2017
Point of view: Biodiversity Conservation: less talk, more action

May 22nd marks the International Day for Biological Diversity, an initiative brought into life by the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2000. Martha Dunbar, Project Manager for Biodiversity and Landscape, fears that now in 2017 we are still treading water.

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Paddling for the “blue heart” of Europe

Apr 12, 2017
Paddling for the “blue heart” of Europe

The end of March saw the start of the Balkan Rivers Tour in Slovenia, the largest water protection action in Europe. The aim is to protect its last unspoilt rivers.

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International Day of Action for Rivers

Mar 14, 2017
International Day of Action for Rivers

Fishing, farming, swimming, canoeing, hiking, drinking…. All in all, we are thousands of people benefiting from the resources provided by alpine rivers. However, only healthy rivers can provide these so-called ecosystem services. Alpine river ecosystems are vulnerable and often under pressure from various human activities. Can we do more to protect them? Yes!

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The wandering classroom

Mar 12, 2017
The wandering classroom

Young people spend the majority of their school time indoors. The new “whatsalp youth” project moves the classroom into the mountains and learning into the great outdoors.

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