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Rejuvenation of mountain farms

Mar 18, 2018
Rejuvenation of mountain farms

Fewer and fewer young people want to become farmers. If no one is willing to inherit and take on the running of a farm, it will close. There is a lack of both recognition and incentives – from EU policy through to searching for partners.

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Bogs – a way out of the climate swamp

Feb 07, 2018
Bogs – a way out of the climate swamp

One hectare of bog can store as much CO2 as a car produces in a year. The Alps suffer from some of the world’s heaviest traffic – yet fewer and fewer intact bogs remain.

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How intact ecosystems improve our quality of life

Feb 07, 2018
How intact ecosystems improve our quality of life

Nature provides us with enormous benefits. The AlpES project draws on the concept of ecosystem services in order to record these in the Alpine regions and increase their appreciation.

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Poisoned playgrounds

Nov 18, 2017
Poisoned playgrounds

A study proves the presence of pesticides on children's playgrounds in South Tyrol. The provincial government has taken up a defensive posture.

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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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