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Point of view: Switzerland needs help with its climate policy

May 25, 2016
Point of view: Switzerland needs help with its climate policy

Switzerland was formerly a leading light in environmental policy. Today, sadly, it does not even have a plan for implementing the goals of the Paris climate agreement, says Hans Weber, executive director of CIPRA Switzerland.

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Point of view: He who sows infrastructure, reaps more traffic

Jan 27, 2016
Point of view: He who sows infrastructure, reaps more traffic

At the end of February 2016 Swiss voters will decide on the building of a second road tunnel at the Gotthard Pass. The CHF 4 billion project will torpedo Switzerland’s modal shift policy, believes Barbara Wülser, CIPRA International’s communications manager.

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Point of view: Change begins in the heart

Sep 30, 2015
Point of view: Change begins in the heart

Claire Simon, Executive Director of CIPRA International, used the occasion of the 2015 CIPRA annual conference to call for more engagement with people and their ways of thinking in order to strengthen the natural and cultural diversity of the Alps.

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Point of view: Making the Alpine Convention more interactive

Jun 03, 2015
Point of view: Making the Alpine Convention more interactive

The effectiveness of the Alpine Convention is often called into question. A new approach could help reposition it as an engine of co-operation and sustainable development in the Alpine regions, says Claire Simon, Executive Director of CIPRA International.

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Point of view: The Alps: on course for sustainability

Feb 05, 2015
Point of view: The Alps: on course for sustainability

It is time to reflect on the unique values of the Alps, emphasises the President of CIPRA International, Katharina Conradin, after her first 100 days in office. Her plea is for a common goal: the Alps as a model region for sustainability.

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Point of view: Protecting the Alps – the responsibility of people

Nov 25, 2014
Point of view: Protecting the Alps – the responsibility of people

The diversity of the Alps is a challenge that at the same time holds great potential. It is up to the new German presidency of the Alpine Convention to put this into effect, states Federica Corrado, President of CIPRA Italy.

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Macro-region Alps: get involved!

Aug 26, 2014
Macro-region Alps: get involved!

The European strategy for the Alps could compensate for the shortcomings of the Alpine Convention, says Claire Simon, Executive Director of CIPRA International. Now, during the consultation phase, is an opportunity to participate and demand sustainability.

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Point of view: Preserving the strongholds of the Alps

Jun 11, 2014
Point of view: Preserving the strongholds of the Alps

Dozens of development projects are simmering in the drawers of investors from Slovenia to France. It is thus even more important to sustain existing protected areas, says Katharina Conradin, member of the executive board of CIPRA International and executive director of Mountain Wilderness Switzerland.

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Point of view: Second homes – no end in sight

Apr 15, 2014
Point of view: Second homes – no end in sight

By voting “Yes” in 2012 in the referendum “No to the unrestricted building of second homes”, Swiss voters expressed their desire for new tourism policies. Dominik Siegrist, President of CIPRA International, expresses doubt that the population’s demand canactually be implemented.

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Point of view: who will fill the macro-regional Alpine house with life?

Jan 29, 2014
Point of view: who will fill the macro-regional Alpine house with life?

Just as in the building of a house, the inhabitants are the most important persons involved in the Alpine macro-region. But, eight weeks after the start of the process, states and regions have yet to indicate to the representatives of civil society whether they may contribute. R.S.V.P.

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