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New faces at CIPRA

May 29, 2020 / alpMedia
Vanda Bonardo is the new President of CIPRA Italy, with changes too to the Executive Board. There has also been a change on the Executive Board of CIPRA Austria.
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Vanda Bonardo, newly elected President of CIPRA Italy.

An environmentalist since her youth, Vanda Bonardo, elected as the new President of CIPRA Italy in May 2020, has a degree in natural sciences and has been active for many years in the Italian nature and environmental protection organisation Legambiente. As President of Legambiente of the Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta regions from 1995 to 2011, she helped shape nature conservation in north-west Italy for well over a decade. As Bonardo said in an initial statement in the face of the corona crisis, it is now important to work to ensure that mountain regions play a pioneering role: “Health and well-being should be at the centre of the ongoing search for balance between humans and nature”. This pioneering role could also strengthen the position of the Alpine region in the EU, said Bonardo.

Agostino Agostinelli will be the new Vice-President of CIPRA Italy. As a delegate of the Federparchi Nature Park Network and former head of the Adda Nord Regional Park, he too is a proven expert in environmental and nature conservation. Outgoing President Federica Corrado (Associazione Dislivelli) will remain a member of the Executive Board, together with Oscar del Barba (Club Alpino Italiano), Valter Giuliano (Federazione Nazionale Pro Natura), Carlo Gubetti (Pro Natura Torino) and Stefano Sala (Mountain Wilderness Italia).

Paul Kuncio has been interim managing director of CIPRA Austria since January 2020, where he also heads the Alpine Convention Office. Following the death of Peter Haßlacher, CIPRA Austria has a new Executive board with Christine Pühringer, Christian Baumgartner and Gerald Pfiffinger.

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