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“Netzwerkstatt Alpen” ceremonially opened

The summer lime tree in the garden of the Netzwerkstatt was unveiled in the presence of Environment Minister Sabine Monauni (centre), Ambassador Doris Frick (far right) and municipality leader Daniel Hilti (right, next to tree). © Nora Leszczynski

The official inauguration of the building, an open day and a visit from the “Klimaspuren”: a number of events took place at the “Netzwerkstatt Alpen” in Schaan/LI on the occasion of World Environment Day and the Alpine-wide Climate Hour.

“None of us can achieve sustainability alone: this requires partnerships between the state, civil society and business”, emphasised Sabine Monauni, Liechtenstein’s Minister for the Environment and the Economy, in her welcoming remarks at the opening of the “Netzwerkstatt Alpen”. After the inauguration set for last autumn was postponed, the new headquarters of CIPRA International, LGU (Liechtenstein Society for Environmental Protection) and VLGST (Association of Liechtenstein Non-Profit Foundations and Trusts) was officially inaugurated before a small circle of invitees. Katharina Conradin, President of CIPRA International, describes the “Netzwerkstatt Alpen” as a place of social energy where solutions to the major Alpine problems are jointly and enthusiastically addressed. “In future this will be where philanthropy meets ecology, and charitable finance meets committed environmental protection”, says Daniel Hilti, leader of the municipality of Schaan. The municipality has granted CIPRA a 60-year lease on the building, which has been an imposing feature of the village for many decades now. Hilti is convinced that this will generate valuable synergies. Common ground is also the focus of the Slovakian NGO “Servare et Manere”, which has planted a tree in the garden of the Netzwerkstatt. With the “Tree of Peace” project, founder Marek Sobola wants to contribute to peaceful understanding between nations and the idea of nature conservation. The young summer lime tree was unveiled in Bern/CH in the presence of Alexander Micovčin, the Slovakian Ambassador.

Open to all

An international competence centre in Liechtenstein that strengthens the idea of sustainable development in the Alps: “With the ‘Network Workshop Alps’, we are opening our doors so as to promote networking throughout the Alps and make encounters tangible again. The aim is for it to become a place where people from all the Alpine countries can come together and jointly influence Alpine protection”, explains Kaspar Schuler, Executive Director of CIPRA International. On the occasion of World Environment Day and Climate Hour, organised by the Swiss presidency of the Alpine Convention, CIPRA, the LGU and the VLGST presented their wide range of activities. Finally, around 25 “Klimaspuren” hikers visited the “Network Workshop Alps” and gained an insight into Liechtenstein’s spatial planning challenges.