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Think globally, act locally

Jul 24, 2017
CIPRA France. The European Strategy for the Alps (Eusalp) examines answers to challenges such as demographic change, economic globalisation, climate change, and energy transition.
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With active support: New project ideas arise. © CIPRA France

CIPRA France and the French representative of Alliance in the Alps accepted the invitation of Eusalp to submit their implementation projects. In June 2016 they convened 40 participants from the worlds of politics, business and science in Bourg d’Oisans in France’s Isère département. Twelve new projects were created, retained and published in a brochure. They included developing interdisciplinary training courses that incorporate the natural sciences and the humanities. That way topics such as the energy transition in the Alpine region could be examined from different perspectives and implemented more effectively.

Shortly thereafter CIPRA France attended a meeting of the French working group on the European Strategy for the Alps organised by the commissioner’s office for the equal treatment of regions. The project ideas were presented at the meeting; however, the political representatives of the three Eusalp regions of Franche-Comté, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, who stood to benefit from project ideas such as these, did not attend. How can the awareness of the importance of participating in European political processes be strengthened at both the municipal and the regional level? CIPRA France continues to reflect and act on the matter – with a global perspective and a local
sense of responsibility.