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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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Point of view: The mountains do not grow to heaven

Dec 13, 2013
Point of view: The mountains do not grow to heaven

Mountains and valleys do not grow bigger - at least not in the human timescale. Yet our appetites grow from day to day. Sooner or later we will have to adapt our consumption of natural resources to their availability. We had better decide freely for a more modest life before we are forced to do so, demands Claire Simon.

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Point of view: the enlightened Olympics-free Alps

Nov 13, 2013
Point of view: the enlightened Olympics-free Alps

The referendum decisions against "Munich 2022" and "Graubünden 2022" prove that the Olympic spirit is dead. Simply not everyone has yet noticed.

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CIPRA viewpoint: for an environmentally friendly and participative energy transition

Sep 18, 2013
CIPRA viewpoint: for an environmentally friendly and participative energy transition

The energy transition is one answer to the threat of global warming and the explosive risks of nuclear energy. Erwin Rothgang, President of CIPRA Germany, speaks about the minimum requirements for the Bavarian Alps.

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CIPRA's point of view: Co-operation, not killing

Aug 23, 2013
CIPRA's point of view: Co-operation, not killing

The authorities in Graubünden are demanding that bears be shot in Italy before they cross into Switzerland and potentially cause problems there. Is a preventive shooting really suitable to prevent conflicts with humans?

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CIPRA's point of view: The Alps are far too valuable for the Olympics

Mar 12, 2013
CIPRA's point of view: The Alps are far too valuable for the Olympics

The result of the vote held on 3 March 2013 in Graubünden is clear: 52.7% are against the Winter Olympics being held there in 2022. This example shows that there is no desire for gigantism in the Alps.

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CIPRA's point of view: New solidarity between the Alps and metropolitan areas

May 30, 2012
CIPRA's point of view:  New solidarity between the Alps and metropolitan areas

Various political actors are pushing for the development of a macro-region for the Alps. CIPRA also says yes to an Alpine macro-region - but only within a clear framework. This offers the opportunity to make the rest of Europe aware of the issues facing its Alpine regions.

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CIPRA's point of view: Alpine Convention: Italy says yes but Switzerland still says no

May 30, 2012
CIPRA's point of view: Alpine Convention: Italy says yes but Switzerland still says no

Italy, surprisingly, has ratified eight of nine protocols of the Alpine Convention. Only Switzerland has yet to sign up. We do not need the protocols, stated the Swiss Federal Council recently - Swiss policy is, in its view, more sustainable than in any other Alpine country.

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