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EUROPARC Federation currently represents some 400 members. These include protected areas, governmental departments, NGO's and businesses in 35 countries, who themselves manage the green jewels of Europe's land, sea, mountains, forests, rivers and cultural heritage. Nature knows no boundaries and we therefore facilitate international co-operation in all aspects of protected area management to further and improve and conserve our shared natural inheritance. We endeavour to exchange expertise, experience and best practise as well as to collaborate with others to ensure the value and meaning of protected areas is at the heart of Europe.
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Mountain Protected Areas - Natural beauty, dominating the skyline, raising our eyes above the everyday level of civilisation
Mountains are the beginning and the end of all the natural scenery. We cannot always measure their importance in terms of animals. Natural habitat for animals allowing a fair distribution of wild life, they are also a natural sanctuary for some animals. There are certain areas, where the grip of man cannot reach. On the top there are birds and insects and the lowest parts, goats and sheep are found. Mountains are important in many different ways. However, their greatest value is water. About half of the entire population of the world relies on mountain water because most of the world's major and minor rivers begin in the mountains. Mountain's capture moisture from the air when it falls as snow. This snow is stored on the mountain tops until it begins to melt in the spring and summer months, which provides essential water for consumption, industries, and agriculture. Mountain water is also a source of hydroelectric power, which is used mainly on the flat lands below a mountain region. In Mountains, we can get mineral deposits; it has significant influence on climate and determines the course of economics.
Mountain barriers with their relatively narrow and easily defendable passes have made various ranges throughout the world. Climate change is a reality today, and some of the best evidence comes from mountain areas: mountain glaciers in nearly all parts of the world have been retreating for decades and, in some cases, have disappeared. Mountains are home to 12% of the world's population. Sustainable mountain development is key to improve the livelihood of these often poor and isolated people.
The International Mountain Day, celebrated each year on the December 11, commemorates the role in which mountains play in providing food, water, and recreation. It strives to achieve a stronger engagement of actors/institutions and the civil society in sustainable mountain development. It is also a concrete opportunity to mobilize resources to improve the livelihoods of mountain communities.
A complete year to the mountains was dedicated in 2002, marking it as the International Year of Mountains with the aim of raising awareness and triggering action on issues relating to sustainable mountain development. This year was very significant as UN designated December 11 as International Mountain Day and encouraged the international community to organize events to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development on this date. International Mountain Day was first observed on December 11, 2003. Each year International Mountain Day has a particular theme. Previous themes have focused on freshwater, peace, biodiversity or climate change.
This year, the theme is "Mountains - Key to a Sustainable Future". The focus will be on celebrating how mountains are crucial in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth in the context of poverty eradication, and on drawing attention to their generally sustainable and low-emission production models. Read more
Découvrez la montagne, on vous accompagne !
Professionnels de la découverte du milieu montagnard, dans le respect des règles de sécurité, les accompagnatrices et accompagnateurs en montagne proposent en toutes saisons des balades, randonnées, séjours ou circuits au cours desquels ils vous transmettront leur passion, leurs connaissances de l’environnement, de l’histoire et de la culture locale. Certains d’entre eux, dans une démarche volontaire, sont partenaires du Parc national des Ecrins. Ils en sont les ambassadeurs privilégiés. Ils connaissent leur territoire pour le parcourir tout au long de l’année. Avec une longue-vue, beaucoup de respect et un peu de chance (!), ils vous offriront de belles observations des animaux présents dans les Ecrins : chamois, bouquetins, marmottes ou aigles, mais également de moins connus ou plus discrets tels le renard, le chevreuil, l’hermine, le vautour ou le gypaète barbu récemment revenus survoler les Ecrins. Certains sont férus de botanique, de plantes culinaires, d’autres vous feront comprendre les pratiques pastorales en alpages, vous feront apprécier de marcher en compagnie d’ânes, ou encore vous enchanteront de contes et mythologie …
Pour aller plus haut, plus loin, plus au cœur du massif !
Les guides vous feront découvrir le monde de la haute montagne et toutes ses exigences à travers une multitude de disciplines : alpinisme, cascade de glace, escalade, canyoning, via ferrata, ski de randonnée, raquette à neige, trekking. Fins connaisseurs du milieu montagnard, ils vous permettront de dépasser vos limites et d'accéder aux sommets tant convoités.
Certains d’entre eux, dans une démarche volontaire, sont partenaires du Parc national des Ecrins. Ils proposent des sorties d'initiation à l'alpinisme qui vous permettront de découvrir le monde de la haute-montagne et ses spécificités.
Experiencing the Old way of Resiana (Alta Via Resiana) in Prealpi Giulie Nature Park, Itlay
…. sometimes we will walk down the mountain, just a few meters on the slope, but then we immediately climb back to the ridge, to keep the sky close. Because the Alta Via Resiana is a path that runs between the ridge and the sky! Read the whole article here
Young generation of Norway spruce covers slowly deforested areas in Karkonosze Mountains
On the occasion of 55th anniversary of the establishment of Karkonoski National Park the international conference titled ’25 Years After the Ecological Disaster in Karkonosze and Izerskie Mts – Fears and Reality’ will be organised in 16-18th February 2014. It is planned as the recapitulation of 25 year research on the deforestation in Karkonosze transboundary national parks. The Karkonosze Mountain range, also called The Giant Mountains, is 36 km long and extends from Szklarska mountain pass in Jakuszyce (886 m above sea level) in the west to Brama Lubawska [The Lubawska Gate] (511 m above sea level) in the east. More Information
- Managing Mountain Protected Areas
- Guidelines for Planning and Managing Mountain Protected Areas
- The Mountain Protected Areas Network
- A Global Overview Of Mountain Protected Areas On The World Heritage List
- Happy International Volunteer Day!
- Ignace Schops receives honorary title of the king, "Commander of the Order of the Crown"
- Children and nature: a healthy relationship
- Tourism and Biodiversity in Protected Areas - 8th European Charter Network Meeting and Charter Awards 2013
- EUROPARC 2013: A show of hands for another 40 years Working for Nature!
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Closing Conference for the European Year of Air9th December 2013
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Closing Conference of the LIFE + 3WATER Project : ...10th December 2013
The closing conference of the LIFE + 3WATER project is hosted by the European Landowners’ Orga ...