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CIPRA prepares a seed bed for new ideas in the Alpine region

Jul 08, 2010 / Barbara Wülser
CIPRA addressed a broad range of issues at its Yearly Symposium entitled “Growth come hell or high water? The Alps in search of happiness” in Gamprin/FL in September. A look at the global cycles and modes of action provided the framework for the topic. CIPRA also looked at the close ties with the Alps, where those global cycles have an impact, and promoted dialogue at various levels. The Symposium was very favourably received by more than 200 participants from all the Alpine countries.
CIPRA’s annual symposium
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Over 200 participants and speakers take the opportunity to exchange views and learn about growth and decline at CIPRA’s annual symposium in Gamprin/FL.
In its abstract, CIPRA also called for a fundamental reorientation of economic policy. Key elements included ecological tax reforms and a new climate change policy. It advocated replacing the prevailing compulsion for growth with regional economic cycles. Reducing overcapacity and dismantling infrastructure should no longer be taboo. Instead CIPRA wants to draw up positively charged visions for declining regions and highlight opportunities that emphasise welfare and happiness rather than growth.
CIPRA is also calling for a reversal of trend when it comes to nature and landscape use. Finally, what is also needed – besides initiative – is a future-oriented “Alpine foreign policy” that ensures suitable outline conditions and policies at a national level, in the European Union and on a global scale. The Alpine Convention can help contribute towards “global governance”, i.e. a global regulatory and structural policy. (de/fr/it/sl)
Source: Annual Report 2009 CIPRA International