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Water, soil, bees, ideas, motivation, time: the Alps contain a wide range of resources. A large part of the natural capital is under threat, while the social potential for more sustainable solutions still slumbers in many places. What are my resources and what are yours? Which ones are in danger and which ones are our lives dependent on? What resources does it take to make a change towards sustainable development in the Alps?

The project Re.sources is tackling these questions by bringing people from different Alpine countries to work together. The approach is participative and based on the principles of co-creation between young talents aged 18-30 years, environmental NGOs, civil society and politicians. The common denominator of the intergenerational project is a strong commitment to the sustainable development of the Alps at local, national and international level

The topic of resources will be explored in greater depth in two international workshops and a project week during a nature conservation conference. CIPRA's national representatives, the “CIPRA Youth Council” and the other project partners are working with young adults to develop ideas and activities on these topics and implement them in their respective countries so as to promote social innovation and sustainable development in the Alps.

The two-year project Re.sources is a follow-up project to “Living Labs”.

Project Partners
CIPRA International (lead), CIPRA Slovenia, CIPRA Germany, CIPRA Italy, CIPRA Switzerland, CIPRA France, CIPRA Youth Council, Legambiente Val Pelice (I), the “Association Canopée” (F) and Junges Theater Liechtenstein.

Project duration: March/August 2020 – February 2022 (+ 6 month due to COVID-19)


Main activities

International workshops

  • 2020 in the Alpes Maritimes, France
  • 2021 in Italy or Switzerland

Postponed: Project Week at the  IUCN Conference in Marseille was postponed due to COVID-19. The conference will take place from September 3rd until September 11th.

Landscapes, Climate Change, Rights and Governance: these and more are the topics of the next IUCN World Conservation Congress. CIPRA International is organising a project week in Marseille. Young people from all Alpine countries between the ages of 18 and 30 are invited to apply for this unique opportunity. The following programme awaits you:

  • Spend 1-2 days at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. The event includes an exhibition showcasing conservation initiatives from across the world, a marketplace of ideas and the members’ assembly. IUCN Programme
  • Be a reporter for the week and learn more about media work. social media, podcasts and reporting
  • Conduct interviews with experts in the area of nature conservation
  • Travel to Marseille and participate in excursions around the area
  • Meet other young people from different Alpine countries

Job shadowing

Young people travel through the Alps to visit the various project partners and monitor their work. It is a great opportunity to see how NGOs work and to connect with experts in sustainable development. Young people can also contribute their ideas and participate in local events. The project offers 40 study visits with opportunities for discovering the work of environmental protection organisations. Those interested may apply via email.

Local and national activities

The project partners work together with young adults to develop ideas and activities on the topic of resources and implement them in their own countries.


Christina Thanner
CIPRA International

Maya Mathias
CIPRA International

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