ALPARC's president wishes for 2014

Friday, 20 December 2013

Dear colleagues and friends of the alpine protected areas,

The first year of activity of the “ALPARC” association is drawing to an end.
As of January 1, 2014 our team - the “Task Force Protected Areas” - along with any tangible and intangible assets, will be transferred from the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention to our association, ALPARC.

This is a long and exacting process which is also drawing to a close. Our new structure, set up on January 18, 2013 is now independent. This will allow us to continue with the work we have been doing for many years now with and for the alpine protected areas.

I would like to thank all my colleagues from the network and the association, the Board of Directors and our Presidency, as well as the representatives of Bodies and Institutions that have been giving their proactive contribution to this process.

I commend our members for the strong and close cooperation which I am sure they will offer so that the alpine protected areas will keep on playing a leading role within the framework of the Alpine Convention.

I would like to seize this opportunity to invite once again the alpine protected areas that are not yet members of ALPARC to join our association so as to strengthen our joint efforts and commitment to sustainable development and the preservation of biodiversity in this wonderful alpine territory.

I wish all the members of ALPARC and all the colleagues from the alpine protected areas Happy Holidays. May you spend a peaceful and joyful time with your loved ones. I hope the year 2014 brings us all good health, but above all strength and courage to successfully meet new challenges in the spirit of our motto “Together for the Alps”.

Dr. Michael VOGEL
President of Alparc 

ALPARC - The Alpine Network of Protected Areas

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