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New strength for the Alps

Meeting in Bled: board representatives and delegates of the executive management and youth advisory council. © CIPRA/Maya Mathias

In June 2018 Kaspar Schuler took over the leadership of CIPRA International, based in Schaan, Liechtenstein, with changes also made to the executive board.

Alpine herdsman, member of the Graubünden association of environmental organisations, interim director of Greenpeace Switzerland and freelance organisation developer: Kaspar Schuler has already performed various functions for the benefit of sustainable development. Having taken over the reins of CIPRA International in June 2018, he will now be fully focused on the Alps. In the view of the 59-year-old Swiss national, “There are two forms of conduct that are absolutely central when travelling in the mountains: standing together with the community, and finding your own way from there”.

Kaspar Schuler succeeds Andreas Pichler from South Tyrol, who is taking on a new challenge in Vorarlberg, Austria. Andreas had been with CIPRA since 2015 and significantly assisted in the further development of the organisation. “We are convinced that Kaspar Schuler will continue the excellent work done by Andreas Pichler and strengthen the position of CIPRA as an advocate for a sustainable future for the Alps”, underlines Katharina Conradin, President of CIPRA International.

The delegates meeting in Bled, Slovenia welcomed two new faces at the end of May and thanked the departing board members – youth counsellor Eva Sabic and vice-president Marko Slapnik from Slovenia – for their efforts. Their places will be taken by Miro Kristan, from Slovenia’s Soča Valley, head of activities for Tolmin as Alpine Town of the Year 2016, and the long-time President of CIPRA Germany, Erwin Rothgang.