The Alpine Convention Newsletter is published quarterly by the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention.

Dear friends of the Alpine Convention,

It is with great pleasure that we present to you the new Newsletter of the Alpine Convention. Our goal is to provide you with news from the Presidency, the Permanent Secretariat, the Working Groups and Platforms as well as from the Contracting Parties every 3 months to keep you updated on the Alpine Convention from politics to practice.

We hope that you will find the news useful, for more information you can also consult our webpage. I would also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
We look forward to your feedback on the Newsletter and will work very hard to make every edition better than the previous one.

Enjoy reading!

Markus Reiterer,
Secretary General of the Alpine Convention
Permanent Committee going Green

The first Permanen
t Committee meeting under the German Presidency tackled issues such as Alpine week at Expo 2015, planning of the events for the celebration of the International Mountain Day and look important decisions concerning the work of the Working Groups for the elaboration of the 6th Report on the State of the Alps, Macro-regional strategy, Compliance Committee as well as the process for the elaboration of the new Multiannual Work Programme of the Alpine Convention for the period 2017-2022.

It was the firs
t institutional Alpine Convention meeting that was organized as a going green event; as such it advocated for responsible use of resources, energy efficiency, accessibility by public transport, regional and seasonal foods and in general a promotion of sustainable approaches. It was held at the in the EURAC premises in Bozen/Bolzano.
Multiannual Work Programme 2017-2022 of the Alpine Conference
The German Presidenc
y was tasked by the last Alpine Conference with developing the Multiannual Work Programme (MAP) for the years 2017-22. To elaborate the MAP, the State Parties and Observers of the Convention will meet in a Working Group starting in autumn 2016. Before that, the German Presidency will organize a workshop open to civil society actors. Participants will gather their ideas on future challenges for the Alpine region, reflect on issues and priorities of the MAP, and express their future vision of the Alps. This Workshop will take place on 18-19 May 2015 in Triesenberg, Liechtenstein, kindly hosted by the Principality of Liechtenstein.
Exchange of experience on Low Energy Buildings
The Climate Action Plan of the Alpine Conference recommends, among other measures, energy efficient building and renovating. To promote such techniques, the German Presidency will implement an exchange among Alpine architects, engineers and decision-makers on the topic of low energy buildings. Reflecting on the standard required to implement EU directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings, a workshop will be organised in autumn 2015 and a conference is to follow in spring 2016. Participants will consider specific issues of building and renovating in an Alpine environment.

Secretary General visited Northern Part of the French Alps (Rhone-Alpes Region)

Liaising with regional and local authorities is an important tool in the implementation andpromotion of the Alpine Convention. In the first week of February, Secretary General, Mr Markus Reiterer, visited several French towns and met with the local and regional authorities to discuss possibilities to bring the Alpine Convention closer to the people. He visited especially the Mayor of Chamonix, Alpine town of the year 2015 and location of one of the Infopoints of the Alpine Convention and the Vice-Mayors of the city of Grenoble, the biggest city in the Alpine Convention perimeter. Mr Reiterer met with the president of the Region Rhône-Alpes, Mr Jean-Jack Queyranne. He also exchanged with the Commissioner of the Alpine Massif and other important actors.

Visit to Slovenia
The 10th annual meeting of the Youth Parliament of the Alpine Convention(YPAC) was organized in March in Slovenia by 
Rudolf Maister Grammar and Vocation school Kamnik. Over 80 students from 10 different schools around the Alps debated on the topic of Ecosystem services in times of Climate Change (see the news below). Secretary General of the AlpineConvention, Mr Markus Reiterer officially opened the 2015 edition of YPAC and addressed the General Assembly meeting in theSlovenian national Parliament. The Deputy Secretary General, Ms Simona Vrevc actively participated at the event as well and helped the students with the formulation of the postulates in the working Committees.

During the visit a meeting with the Slovenian State Secretary, Ms Tanja Bogataj was organized to discuss Alpine Convention issues of particular importance to Slovenia and the projects ahead, as well as the developments in the framework of EUSALP. Mr Reiterer also met with the President of the Slovenian Parliament, Mr Milan Brglez with whom the discussion was mostly held on the development and legal background of the Alpine Convention and its implementation in Slovenia.
A new exhibition for the Alpine Convention
You may have seen the existing exhibition on the Alpine Convention on desplay at the office of the Permanent Secretariat located in the Golden Roof of Innsbruck. The decision was made to refresh it and to work on a new attractive exhibition concept in cooperation with young people from the Alps. The new exhibition is elaborated through a joint effort of the Marketing Section of the Management Center of Innsbruck (MCI) and the Superior Art School of Annecy (ESAAA). Original Art projects were submitted by the students of Annecy which, combined with the texts of the Marketing Students, will offer a complete and innovative exhibition concept. The installations are now being finalized in the workshops of the Art school in France and should be delivered in the coming months. Stay tuned to discover the opening date! This project is supported by the Region Tyrol and the City of Innsbruck.
Online activities
The Permanent Secretariat regularly publishes photos from the events on the webpage and on the Social media. Check it out on the webpage, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Meeting of the Chairs of the Working Groups and Platforms

Following the practice established by the Italian Presidency, the German Presidency and the Permanent Secretariat organized a joint meeting of the Chairs of the Working Groups and Platforms to enhance cooperation and discuss the possibilities of joint work in the next mandate period. Issues such as Common work procedures, implementation of mandates, inputs into macro-regional strategy activities and Report on the State of the Alps were discussed as well as promotional activities for the Working Groups (inputs into the Alpine Convention webpage) and cooperation with third parties. The next meeting of the Chairs is foreseen for February 2016. 

WG Transport: valorisation of two reports and work plan for the next period

During the last two years the subgroup on sustainable mobility produced two reports: one on Sustainable mobility solutions in remote Alpine territories and the other on Sustainable Solutions for logistics and urban freight delivery in the Alpine Region. The full reports and their summaries are available on the webpage of the Alpine Convention.
The Working Group Transport meeting on 27 February focused on the implementation of the new mandate and especially on the work organization on the topics on real costs of transport (article 14 of the transport protocol) and on innovative logistics solutions. The next meeting will take place on 10 July.
10 years of exchange on natural hazards management: congratulations Planalp!
On 4 and 5 March, the 20th meeting of the Planalp platform took place in Salzburg marking 10 years of intensive collaboration. Intense exchanges on the recent developments in the different countries, a very interesting testimony from Serbia on gender differences in the perception of floods and a field trip to visit prevention measures against debris flows in the region Pinzgau were also on the program. Among the projects planed in the near future: a conference to valorize the latest production of the group on life cycle management plus further development of the systems engineering approach and the participation of the platform in an exposition on Women in the Alps.
Econet Platform: sunny perspectives in Berchtesgaden

On 18 and 19 March, the discussion focused on the implementation of the mandate, the interest to actively participate in EUSALP, new possible projects to be submitted for Alpine Space Program support and synergies to be further developed with other workings groups and platforms of the Alpine Convention. Progress in actions and projects were also reported by the countries, the pilot regions and the observers. A field trip to observe concrete measures towards ecologic connectivity in the National Park Berchtesgaden was the final element of one and half intensive days. The next meeting will take place on 30 September to 1 October in the last nominated Pilot Region of the Alps: the National Park Triglav.
Alpine Convention and EUSALP
Following the decision of the XIII. Alpine Conference in Turin, to aspire a leading role in particular as regarding Pillar 3 of EUSALP, the Working Group “Macro-regional strategy” met in January 2015 in Zurich and in February 2015 in Munich and analysed the possible options for the involvement of the Alpine Convention in the future governance structure of the Strategy. This analysis paved the way for the corresponding decision taken by the Permanent Committee at its 58th meeting in Bolzano. The Permanent Committee stipulated that the Alpine Convention shall aim at participating in particular in the following actions of the EUSALP “To preserve and valorize natural resources, including water and cultural resources” (leading role), “To develop ecological connectivity in the whole territory of the EUSALP” (leading role) and “To improve natural risk prevention and management and to better manage climate change” (at least active membership). Furthermore the Alpine Convention should strive for full membership in the future General Assembly and in the Executive Board of the EUSALP.
Sustainable tourism

The Working Group on Sustainable Tourism is a new Working Group set up by the XIII. Alpine Conference in Turin. Under its italo-german co-presidency, the group will work in the next two years on the crucial issue of sustainable tourism in the Alps, not only by taking up the baton from the UNESCO Working Group, which has ceased its activities, but also by adding further research and investigation on further topics. Among these, one key issue for the Working Group will be to analyse the multilevel alpine tourism governance system in order to increase the share of sustainable tourism products on the Alps. Moreover, due to the relevance of tourism for the Alpine economy, the Working Group on Sustainable Tourism will actively cooperate with the Working Group in the elaboration of the Sixth Report on the State of the Alps. The first meeting of the Working group on Sustainable Tourism will be held in the Italian town of Belluno, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites, in the second half of April.
6th Report on the State of the Alps

The ad-hoc working group for the elaboration of the Sixth Report on the State of the Alps (RSA 6) has kicked-off its activities through a two-day meeting hosted by the German Working Group presidency in Berlin. The challenging topic selected for the RSA 6 is “greening the economy in the Alpine region”; during the meeting, the expert members of the Working Group have had the chance to exchange their views on the specificities of green economy in the Alps and to report on the policies already existing at national level in the Alpine countries. Moreover, the Working Group members have concretely defined the steps in order to deliver the report for the XIV Alpine Conference in 2016. Several events are already planned in order to include in the process of developing the report not only the working group members, but also the relevant stakeholder from economy, research and civil society: among them, an international workshop that will be held in fall 2015.
YPAC 2015
(text prepared by Rubina Viriant, Editor in Chief, YPAC Press group)

The Youth Parliament of the Alpine Convention (YPAC) was founded in 2006 by two teachers of Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck, Irmgard Senhofer and Claudia Rauchegger. In collaboration with the Alpine Convention and the Permanent secretariat a model of the youth parliament was born. As a simulation of a proper parliament, it offers secondary school students an opportunity to discuss and suggest sustainable solution to current issues of concern in the Alpine region, as well as provides a chance for exchanging different opinions and experiences, along with establishing new friendships. The topic of this year`s event, which took place between 16th and 20th March 2015 at Rudolf Maister Grammar and Vocation school Kamnik, was Ecosystem services in times of climate change, within which the committees was discussing the following subthemes: Soil, Food production and waste assimilation, Importance of forests as the source of renewable energy, Recreation and the cultural aspects of ecosystems.
Constructive Alps Award
Switzerland and Liechtenstein are organizing for the third time the international architectural award Constructive Alps. The award will be given to the best projects in construction and renovation of the buildings in the Alps, both from esthetical and sustainable point of view. The process of selection of the projects is now in the second phase where 32 projects are being thoroughly evaluated. You can read more about the award here
This list contains events organized in the framework of the Alpine Convention as well as by Partners. Please bear in mind that this list may not be exhaustive.

Fri 17 Apr Alpine Town of the Year, General Assembly meeting and discussions on the topic of Mobility and Transport Chamonix, France
Fri 17 Apr WG Sustainable Tourism meeting Belluno, Italy
Mon 20 Apr
Tue 21 Apr
Final Conference of INTERREG-B-Project AlpBC Salzburg, Austria
Fri 24 Apr
09:00 – 13:30
Alliance in the Alps: workshop on demographic change in the Alps Kärnten, Austria
Wed 6 May
Thu 7 May
Platform Mountain Agriculture meeting Vienna, Austria
Mon 18 May
Tue 19 May
MAP Workshop Triesenberg, Liechtenstein
Wed 20 May
Thu 21 May
Recharge green final event: Energy and nature in the Alps: a balancing act Sonthofen, Germany
Fri 29 May
10:45 – 16:30
Platform WISO meeting Rome, Italy
Sat 30 May Alpine Convention Day Slovenia Mojstrana, Slovenia
Tue, 2 Jun
Wed 3 Jun
RSA 6 meeting of Expert Group Innsbruck, Austria
Thu 4 Jun
Thu 11 Jun
Expo2015: Alpine week Milan, Italy
Tue 9 Jun Meeting of Agriculture Minister at EXPO Milan, Italy
Mon 8 Jun
Wed 10 Jun
Conference on Mountain Forestry Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Tue 9 Jun
Wed 10 Jun
Final Conference of INTERREG-B-Project SedAlp Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
Thu 11 Jun Final Conference INTERREG-B-Projecte GEOMOL Munichen, Germany
Thu 18 Jun
Fri 19 Jun
Final conference AlpInfoNet Prien am Chiemsee, Germany
Fri 19 Jun
Sat 20 Jun
Symposium Alliance in the Alps 2015 Saint Martin de Belleville, France
Mon 22 Jun        Thu 25 Jun Integrative sciences and sustainable development of Rivers + Water Platform meeting Lyon, France
Mon 22 Jun Workshop on “Fluvial geomorphology and the interactions with sediment transport Lyon, France
Mon 29 Jun Mon 6 Jul We are Alps tour France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany
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