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WeWild project: The initiative grows through two further workshops in France and Italy

After a first workshop in Vorarlberg last March, ALPARC recently organised two further workshops in Les Ecrins National Park (France) and in the Nature parks of the Ossola valleys (Italy) in the frame of the WeWild project. The aim of the project and its growing working group is the development of a joint communication initiative to reduce wildlife disturbance in winter in the Alps. The numerous participants discovered the project’s progress, gave feedback and were involved in the further development of this joint initiative. In the French Alps, several ongoing projects aim at tackling human-nature conflicts in outdoor sports. The workshop in Le Bourg d’Oisans (Les Ecrins National Park, 21st September 2017) specifically dedicated to recreational impacts in winter helped to enlarge the working group in the French Alps. 29 practitioners from almost all concerned French natural parks of the Alps and from smaller protected areas (e.g. NATURA 2000 managers) were present.  The workshop allowed for embedding the initiative into the regional context of joint projects, in which many stakeholders are involved: the “awareness raising via participation and mapping” project Biodiv’sports (LPO Isère lead partner) and the film series project of the Regional nature parks of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. During the second international WeWild workshop in the Italian Alps (Ossola valley Nature parks, 19th and 20th October 2017), 17 participants had a closer look at the regional context of winter wildlife disturbance. The challenges of protected areas and stakeholders in the Italian Alps linked to a growing impact of outdoor sports in winter are huge, but only a few pilot initiatives exist to date. A country-specific concern that still deteriorates the situation in winter is the lack of legislations regarding heli-skiing and snowmobiles. The joint initiative of WeWild and its tools could trigger further local actions in areas where stakeholders see the need to act or act already (e.g. South Tyrol, Aree protette dell’Ossola). Both workshops helped to further work on the initiative’s strategy and its charter, and on the joint communication tools (graphical identity, video, and website). Until the end of the year, the ALPARC operational unit will finalise these outputs and come up with a communication plan. For more details, please contact:Dominik Cremer Schulte, project | +33 (0) 4 79 26 55 09The WeWild project is financed by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN, Germany) with funds of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB, Germany).                                                                   

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