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Date 11.04.2017 - 30.04.2017
Location Alps
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WE ARE ALPS TOUR 2017: Call for participants

The Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention invites interested journalists on a week-long tour across the Alps to explore the issue of Water – one of the most important elements in the Alpine landscape and an essential basis for the economy in and around the Alps.

Each year the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention is organizing a crossing of the Alps for journalists in early summer, with the aim of raising awareness on the challenges and opportunities of our region, and on the Alpine Convention as a toolbox for the balanced development of a territory shared by 8 states. The tour will show the characteristics, features, opportunities and common issues the Alpine inhabitants are facing. This year’s focus will be on the topic of WATER IN THE ALPS. 
 
The small group of journalists will be taken for a week-long excursion across the Alps, using sustainable means of transport, that are alternative to private car; trains, buses, boats and bicycles will be used, and a part of the tour will be done on foot. Throughout the tour people from the Alps –amongst others experts, representatives of the civil society, of different economic sectors and different administrative levels, business people, workers, farmers and politicians – will be met, therefore the name of the journey: “We are Alps”. 
 
The tour will take place between 25 June and 2 July 2017 on a route linking Vienna (A) and Monaco. Activities on the topic of Water in the Alps: from drinking water to water sports and spa, from water ecology to irrigation, hydroelectricity and more, also highlighting the issues of natural disasters and climate change. The group will experience various rivers and lakes in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France with a finish by the sea in Monaco. The participants will have the opportunity to meet the actors of flagship projects contributing to innovative water management. 

Application until 30th April 2017 !!!

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