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alpKnowhow knowledge base

Aug 31, 2006 / CIPRA Internationale Alpenschutzkommission
The alpKnowhow knowledge base is now available here. For each of the six topics a work report, examples of best practice and a range of publications are provided in English. A cross-topic synthesis report complete with two appendices has also been compiled.
The main products from the knowledge gathering and processing activities resulting from many months of work by some 40 experts from all the Alpine countries in alpKnowhow are now available online. The work reports reflect the current level of knowledge for the six topic areas addressed by Future in the Alps. The experts’ statements are supported by references to the main publications and to the experience gained from exemplary projects in all the Alpine countries. Each topic concludes with a series of recommendations by the experts for scientific and practical applications.

A synthesis report summarises the results and conclusions from all six topics and formulates the keynote messages from the research phase.

All the examples of successful projects and the publications can be filtered on the web site according to country and topic. Each project and publication is described and evaluated in detail. Detailed information and background documentation can also be downloaded in many cases.

The background information provided by CIPRA also includes documents on the criteria used to select the knowledge for Future in the Alps, the outline conditions and scenarios, a project-related glossary as well as a compilation of questions that are still outstanding (appendices to the synthesis report).

The alpKnowhow project phase not only generated the results that can now be viewed and downloaded from the web site, but also contributed towards establishing new contacts among the experts. They were able to broaden their personal networks and lay the foundations for long-term co-operation projects. A number of obstacles had to be overcome before the topics raised by Future in the Alps could be processed in small international teams put together by CIPRA. The experts surmounted language and cultural barriers, co-ordinated the work methodology and found ways of organising the teamwork as efficiently as possible. All three two-day meetings were crucial in this respect since they allowed all the team members to get together and exchange their views. It is hoped that the new contacts that have now been established will be as long-lasting as the knowledge acquired in alpKnowhow.

In the alpService project phase the Project Team will now focus on implementing and communicating the acquired knowledge. The next Project Newsletter will report at length on this particular phase.