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Plans for a network of the Alps' large lakes

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Together with various partners the French Rhône-Alpes region is planning to submit to the EU Programme Interreg IIIB Alpine Space a project for setting up a network of large natural lakes in the alpine region. The project's main goals are to include environmental protection in harmony with the European Framework Directive on Water and sustainable tourist development of lake landscapes.
A feasibility study for a lake network of this type has already been completed. The study proposes an action programme to establish the network, which is to offer a platform for communications and an exchange of experience. The objective is to improve the administration and protection of the lakes. The project partners will consist essentially of local authorities involved with the management of large lakes.
At a project workshop held in April representatives of many alpine regions (such as Baden-Württemberg/D, Lombardy, Piedmont and Trento/I, Geneva and Lucerne/CH, and Slovenia) already signalled their interest in taking part in the network. The workshop was also attended by organisations such as the International Commission for the Protection of Lake Geneva, and by tourism representatives.
Source and information: Conseil Régional Rhône-Alpes, Tel. +33 (0)4 72 59 41 85, www.cipra.org/en/alpmedia/news (en)