ALPARC, the Alpine Network of Protected Areas was created in 1995 as an international organisation for the cooperation between the alpine protected areas in various fields. The ALPARC network federates more than 800 large size protected areas in the Alps and has as well a strong cooperation with the Carpathian protected areas. ALPARC’s traditional task is the thematic exchange between protected areas managers in the Alps, the realisation of transalpine projects and a well developed policy of communication (publications, internet, expositions etc.) towards alpine stakeholders and populations. Since 2003 ALPARC is charged by the Alpine Convention to also promote and develop an ecological continuum through the Alps. The alpine protected areas are central elements in this continuum or “transalpine belt of biodiversity”.
Guido Plassmann, director of ALPARC, Steering Committee member
CIPRA, the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps, was founded in 1952. CIPRA International is a non-governmental umbrella organization headquartered in Schaan, Liechtenstein. There are seven national CIPRA branches in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Switzerland as well as the South Tyrol regional branch, all of which represent over 100 member organizations. It has the status of an official observer at the Alpine Convention. With its publications CIPRA Info and alpMedia newsletter as well as with the 1st and 2nd Report of the State of the Alps, CIPRA is an important source of information in the field of nature protection and sustainable development in the Alps as well as a large transboundary network of institutions and persons.
Claire Simon, director of CIPRA, Steering Committee member; Aurelia Ullrich-Schneider, project manager
The International Scientific Committee for Alpine Research has been founded in 1999 by 7 partner institutions from all alpine countries: Academies from Bavaria, Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland; the mountain institute IMONT in Rome and the Pôle Grenoble. A secretariat in Berne (CH) makes ISCAR operational. The main mission is to promote interdisciplinary and transalpine mountain research, following the 13 committee members cover disciplines from natural, social and economic sciences. ISCAR is organising the biannual ForumAlpinum for transnational research exchange and cooperation. Since 2000 ISCAR is an official observer of the Alpine Convention intending to give scientific support to the Convention, e.g. in elaborating a Research Agenda related to its multi-annual working programme 2005-2010.
Thomas Scheurer, director of ISCAR, Steering Committee member
Priority cooperation partner
The "Ecological Continuum Initiative" cooperates strongly with the European Alpine Programme of WWF.