EUROPARC eNews December 2013
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2nd of December 2013
European Realities of Responsible Tourism Conference

9th of December 2013
Closing Conference for the European Year of Air

10th of December
Closing Conference of the LIFE + 3WATER Project : Results and Lessons Learned

11th- 12th of December
La Natura dell'Italia - Biodiversità e Aree Protette: La Green Economy per il rilancio del Paese

18th of December
The European Green Capital Award Handover Ceremony 2013

26th – 28th of January
FRESH and European Sustainable Events Conference 2014

2nd of February
World Wetlands Day, RAMSAR

24th-25th of February
International Conference on Regional Climate Adaptation and Resilience towards Climate Adapted and Resilient Regions

24-28th of February
Facilitation and communication skills Course

7th-8th of March
CoR Consultation of EU Local and Regional Authorities on the mid-term review of Europe 2020

Find more events and event details in our online calendar!



Best LIFE Nature Projects 2012 - The EU Member States represented on the LIFE Committee and the European Commission's LIFE Nature Unit have announced the Best LIFE Nature Projects 2012.
The 8 projects selected represent the most successful of the recently completed LIFE Nature projects, in terms of best practices and/or demonstration actions on nature conservation and the implementation of the Habitats and Birds Directives. 

Public Health and Landscape (New Publication from the Landscape Institute) - it is aimed primarily at public health teams and at policy makers. The document makes the point that with rising health costs (the NHS's share of GDP has risen in the past 50 years from 3.4 per cent to 8.2 per cent), investing in landscape in ways that can influence public health is cost effective. It quotes a 2012 study by the Canadian Public Health Association which shows that it is 27 times more expensive to achieve a given reduction in cardiovascular mortality through clinical interventions than through public health measures.

Pilot Study on Soil – new study assesses LIFE’s impact on soil. This is part of a series of thematic studies and follows the publication of analyses of LIFE’s impact on the water sector and on noise and air. The aim of the studies is to strengthen the link between the LIFE Units in charge of the management of operational projects and the Thematic Units dealing mainly with environmental policy.
Le Grand Album
des Oiseaux de France
- Cet album regroupe les superbes planches d’identification de François Desbordes publiées chaque trimestre dans L’OISEAU MAGAZINE depuis 1993. Un ouvrage à posséder dans sa bibliothèque ! Pour commander. This album includes a great slideshow of illustrations by François Desbordes published quarterly in The Bird’s Magazine since 1993! You can order it here.

Marine News

Climate Change:
Actions, Trends and Implications for Business



Project Manager (m/f) Water Futures Partnership, Eschborn, Germany
Offre de stage - Création et remise à niveau des circuits permanents VTT en Montagne de Reims 

Event Assistant World Travel and Tourism Council
Junior Policy Officer (Ecodesign) - ECOS

Campaign Officer - Food & Water Europe
Stagiaire marketing et événements – Paris
Social Media Analyst Intern
Greenpeace International, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Environmental Affairs Officer - UNECE 

Network Project Manager Eurosite

Brussels News

The co-benefits of co-ordinated climate change policy

Climate change mitigation is essential but expensive. However, the associated reduction in air pollution could provide substantial benefits, including economic savings. To make informed decisions, policymakers need quantitative information on the size of these potential co-benefits and their contribution to other goals of sustainable development.
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Meet SfEP! (Science for Environmental Policy) 

Science for Environmental Policy (SfEP) provides an information service on the latest policy-relevant environmental findings in Europe.  SfEP is a news and information service published by the European Commission’s DG Environment. It’s aim isto help the busy policy-maker keep up-to-date with the latest environmental research findings needed to design, implement and regulate effective policies.
Read the latest SfEP edition on LIFE projects
12 cities apply for the European Green Capital Award 2016

EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "I am very pleased to see the many applicants for the European Green Capital Award. This shows the commitment of European cities to improve the quality of life of their citizens and the environment. The European Green Capital Award initiative provides a springboard for sharing best practices, ideas and showing the way to other cities. I wish all of the applicants the very best of luck with the 2016 competition!" This year, for the first time, cities across Europe with more than 100,000 inhabitants were eligible to apply for the 2016 title.  In previous years, only cities with a population of 200,000 or more were eligible. This has resulted in the greatest number of applicants since the award became an annual competition.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony in June in Copenhagen, Denmark (the 2014 European Green Capital).  For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

A Call for Case studies on wetlands wise use and poverty eradication inter-linkages from the Ramsar STRP Working Group on Wetlands and Poverty Eradication
Contact James Lyon or Sonali Senaratna Sellamuttu for more information.

Small steps for greener and fairer CAP must be realised in implementing rules

The European Parliament backed the agreements reached by EU Institution negotiators on the CAP reform 2014-2020 and approved the EU budget under the Multi-annual Financial Framework for the next seven years. By ratifying these packages the European Parliament missed the opportunity to fulfil the demands of EU citizens (1) for a greener and fairer agricultural policy.

For the complete overview and most up to date news from Europe, visit our website, the Brussels news section!


Peak District van lady takes history on the road

A travelling museum housed in a van is being used to bring the past to life in the Peak District for schoolchildren and community groups of all ages. The History Van is the brainchild of Jenny Bland of Castleton, an experienced educator and a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce), who has previously worked in museums at Kelham Island and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. Jenny Bland's History Van takes history to the people. Supported by the Peak District National Park Authority's Sustainable Development Fund, the History Van carries a collection of artefacts including billy cans and old parachutes, bobbins and spinning spindles, carpet beaters and dolly tubs. There is even a set of village stocks. The History Van covers all periods from prehistoric cave-painting to surviving on rations during World War II.
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“La natura dell’Italia" è anche occasione di video-promozione per i parchi - Una ‘gara’ per raccontare i parchi e le aree protette d’Italia, aperta a tutti gli appassionati di fotografia, dilettanti e non

In occasione della Conferenza nazionale “La natura dell’Italia. Biodiversità e aree protette: la green economy per il rilancio del paese” che si terrà a Roma l’11 e 12 dicembre, il Ministero dell’Ambiente intende comunicare nella maniera più ampia possibile i valori ambientali, culturali ed economici dei parchi nazionali e delle aree marine protette. Per farlo il Ministero intende utilizzare tutti gli strumenti, compresa la comunicazione per immagini, che è in grado di sviluppare al massimo il livello di coinvolgimento e di adesione ai valori della protezione della natura. Per questo motivo Federparchi – EUROPARC Italia invita gli enti parco e le aree marine protette a far pervenire attraverso il sito del Ministero dell’Ambiente e la pagina dedicata alla conferenza nazionale “La natura dell’Italia” dei video con durata massima di due minuti, che sviluppino il tema dell’economia sostenibile nelle aree protette.
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News Parc des Ecrins - Des aménagements pour la truite fario 

Pour favoriser la reproduction de cette espèce patrimoniale des rivières alpines, le dépôt de petits galets au fond du canal de fuite de la centrale hydroélectrique de Rama va permettre la création de nouvelles frayères en hiver. Il s’agit d’une opération réalisée par la fédération de pêche des Hautes-Alpes, avec l'appui du Parc national des Ecrins. 
Plus d'infos
Young generation of Norway spruce covers slowly deforested areas in Karkonosze Mts.
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.
Dear Readers
The last month of the year has arrived. Didn’t the year pass quickly?
And what a year it was. 40 Years Working for Nature packed with great events, projects and other activities. We would like to thank you for all your support in 2013 and look forward to working with many of you next year. With the first snowflakes knocking on our doors, mountain sceneries are again breathtaking, therefore our special focus this month goes to  Mountain Protected Areas, celebrating the International Mountain day (December 11).
Nathaniel Hawthorne said Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments, and they truly are. The importance of mountains for our ecosystems is as important as the healing connection between people and mountains. In this edition, we have collected some of the most inspiring material from our Mountain Protected areas, but not only that, don’t miss other topics that benefit your Protected Area and your community. We are also bringing you the latest news from the EU and our partner organisation. This eNews is to benefit you, our members, if you have any suggestions or material you would like to share with us, please do so.
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In 2014 EUROPARC will publish the eNews bimonthly, therefore the next eNews in the upcoming 2014, will be published in February. For more regular news on EUROPARC’s activities, please visit our website and social media pages. 

Our Future dialogues! EUROPARC’s greatest Membership consultation is about to start soon!
The future direction, priorities and governance of EUROPARC will be considered by its members, in a comprehensive and participatory consultation. We would like to ensure that all of our members are well informed of the process and participate by expressing their views on different EUROPARC topics. Our Future Dialogues consultation will be launched in early January next year. The process will take place in two parts, through an online survey, in multiple languages and small regional meetings as focus groups led by EUROPARC council members, staff or sections. Providing an opportunity to members to get together locally to discuss together, how EUROPARC can work better for you. Meetings will take place between January and April, local dates will be announced in the New Year. So look out for more news soon!


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Our Health and Protected Areas Working Group needs your help now to advance the work!
We all agree that physical activity and contact with nature is essential for good health. ‘Green exercise’ can make a significant and sustained contribution to physical and mental health and well-being. However, we need to build the evidence base to demonstrate public health benefits. We are therefore looking for several case studies to show the work that protected areas are doing in the area of health and to demonstrate the significant contribution they make to human health and well-being. The case studies, which should illustrate the development of Policy, Evidence or the Delivery of a project programme, will be used to promote the work and profile of protected areas in this area, and we hope also internationally. They will also form part of a tool kit that the working group is planning. If you are working in this area we would love to hear from you!
Download here a template that gives you more information on the sort of examples that we are looking for. Although the template is in English, we would be pleased to hear from you in any language! Please send your case studies to Richard Blackman of the EUROPARC Atlantic Isles Section at  or contact him if you would like further information.

Last days of the “Volunteer Management in European Parks”  project
but not the least volunteering
ctions in our Protected Areas! 
The EU-GRUNDTVIG Multilateral Project “Volunteer Management in European Parks” has come to its end after three years of international collaboration. Financed by a grant of the European Union within the Programme of Lifelong Learning/ GRUNDTVIG, the consortium – consisting of European, national and regional networks of Protected Areas, as well as individual parks across 8 countries – is proud to celebrate today the project achievements and its legacy for the benefit of volunteering and Protected Areas in Europe. The Grundtvig project "Volunteer Management in European Parks" finished at the end of October. The project came to an end with a group of volunteer coordinators from Iceland, Spain and Germany visiting the Isle of Anglesey AONB and the Snowdonia National Park. A joint event with The Conservation Volunteers was also held in London on 25th November to review the project and its results. This month the International Volunteer Day is also celebrated. (December 5)  This day is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels. EUROPARC and all of the GRUNDTVIG Partners will in this occasion mark the day will provide a summary of its activities and experiences of the 3 year project. Read more about the project here.
Discover TransParcNet on YouTube!
During last year's TransParcNet meeting in Pasvik-Inari Trilateral Park (FIN/NO/RUS), a crew of Murmansk-TV accompanied the participants on their trip through three different countries. The video is now available on YouTube and worth watching, even if your Russian is a bit rusty. Follow the latest news of the Transboundary areas, here!


Progress in the Efficient Managers
for Efficient Natura 2000 Network
The 2nd Working Group Meeting for the LIFE project “Efficient Managers for Efficient Natura 2000 Network” took place on the 21st and 22nd of November in Poiana Brasov. Thus, new guidelines have been created for Natura 2000 managers. They include relevant information on how to manage in a responsible way natural resources, such as: watery and fishery resources, forests, fauna hunting, agricultural resources. The guidelines are also a very useful tool for improving the process of territorial planning in Romania by including elements of biodiversity and advising the most important economic sectors which make use of natural resources to actively contribute to the development of regional territorial plans which could reflect elements of biodiversity, but also the objectives of Natura 2000 Network.
Read more about the project here:  Efficient Managers for Efficient Natura 2000 Network

The fertile ground of the Charter continues…

Our latest Charter Awards event brought up a lot of new ideas. Following up the communications workshop last month in Brussels, EUROPARC would be interested in establishing a special task force to work on developing the Charter brand further. If you are interested in participating please get in contact with us. A great example on how to communicate sustainability better is available from Dr. Xavier Font. Click here

Another important announcement regarding the management of the Charter, comes from our Directorate team, we are proud to introduce our new person in charge of the Charter administration, with some changes in procedures and dates Ms. Brigida Napolitano. For any queries please do not hesitate to get in contact with her.
For inquiries and information on the Charter Programme, please write to:
or visit the website:
Happy Birthday to EUROPARC Spain!
20 aniversario de EUROPARC - España

EUROPARC-España celebra en 2013 sus 20 años de trabajo colaborativo por y para la naturaleza en nuestras áreas protegidas. En colaboración con la Junta de Andalucía se celebró el XX Aniversario el 13 de noviembre en Sevilla, donde se rubricó el 11 de noviembre de 1993 el acta fundacional de la organización, en la que participan las administraciones ambientales competentes en materia de planificación y gestión de nuestras áreas protegidas.
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Spanish Charter areas working in close collaboration to tourism businesses
En el mes de septiembre comenzó la asistencia técnica a 11 empresas turísticas del Parque Regional de Sierra Espuña para que adhieran al proyecto de la Carta como colaboradoras del espacio protegido. Estas empresas recibirán sus certificados de adhesión el próximo mes de marzo de 2014. Más información

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Ignace Schops receives honorary title of the king, "Commander of the Order of the Crown"
EUROPARC Council member, director of the Regional Landscape Kempen and Maasland, Ignace Schops, received one of the biggest royal honours in Belgium.  King Philip I. and Queen Mathilde awarded Mr. Schops with the title “Commander of the Order of the Crown” for his local and international work on biodiversity, social entrepreneurship and climate change.
This special honour follows a series of other recognitions Mr. Schops has received in the recent years, for his commitment to conservation, biodiversity and combating climate change in the recent years. In 2008., Mr. Schops was also awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, also known as the “Green Nobel Prize " . Busy as always, his interview in the Forbes magazine was recently published. “I have a heart for nature and its intrinsic values. But if my goals can be reached with a sustainable economic model, I go for that approach,” says Ignace Schops, Belgian environmentalist, social entrepreneur, and initiator of Belgium’s first National Park in his interview for the Forbes magazine. Our hardworking and always present EUROPARC council member, talks about how he manages to convince businessmen to value nature and simultaneously demonstrates to conservationists that working with businesses can create economic and social value.
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Eurobarometer on biodiversity
The Flash Eurobarometer survey asked EU citizens to clarify how familiar they are with the term biodiversity and with the concept of biodiversity loss.  Some interesting findings are collected, across the EU, slightly less than half of Europeans have heard of the term “biodiversity” and know what it means and 65% of people in the EU, agree that the EU should increase areas where nature is protected.
The recently published
Eurobarometer gauging public opinion on biodiversity was full of interesting perspectives from across the EU. See the Summary of the attitudes toward biodiversity.

Is Your Protected Area using TripAdvisor?
It goes green !
When 70% of people taking trips say that they are interested in green travel, then there is one organisation that is going to give them the right advice, TripAdvisor. Not content with simply getting travellers’ feedback in the complex area of what is green and not so green, Tripadvisor has entered the world of green labelling, with a new scheme called GreenLeaders. Read more

EUROPARC Spain publishes an interesting Manual:   "Forest Management Plans as tools for conservation in protected areas."
Forests Management Plans may be a useful tool to achieve the objectives of protected areas, developing at a detailed scale which appears in more generic terms in management plans. This manual aims to provide forest managers a practical tool for developing Forest Management Plans which contribute to more effectively achieve the conservation objectives of the protected areas in which forests are located. The document is a proposal of the working group on forest management, set in the Conservation Group of EUROPARC - Spain. Is mainly formed by forest managers and conservation professionals working in the member Administrations of EUROPARC – Spain. The full document can be downloaded here.

Sortie gourmande du Parc:
la tradition du Noël provençal en Camargue
Samedi 21 décembre de 15h à 18h : la tradition du Noël provençal en Camargue, 05 Novembre 2013: Symbolique et signification du Noël provençal traditionnel et du « gros souper » et démonstration des 13 desserts à déguster. Plus d’info
Introducing Volunteer Ranger in the  Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald
Am 15. November 2013 haben Dr. Franz Leibl, Leiter der Nationalparkverwaltung Bayerischer Wald, und Alexander Muthmann, MdL und Vorsitzender des Vereins „Junior Ranger e. V.“ Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald, mit ihrer Unterschrift der sehr guten langjährigen Zusammenarbeit beider Organisationen einen vertraglichen Rahmen verliehen. Für die kompetente ehrenamtliche Unterstützung der Nationalparkwacht in verschiedenen Bereichen der Umweltbildung und Managementmaßnahmen im Nationalpark durch Vereinsmitglieder, sogenannte „Volunteer Ranger“, stellt die Nationalparkverwaltung künftig bis zu 3000 Euro jährlich an Aufwandsentschädigung zur Verfügung. Junior Ranger gibt es im Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald seit 1998. Ranger der Nationalparkwacht organisieren jährlich dieses erfolgreiche Umweltbildungsprojekt, zu dem Kinder der 5. Jahrgangsstufen aller Schultypen eingeladen sind. An der Seite erfahrener Ranger erleben sie vier Tage lang den Nationalpark mit seinen landschaftlichen Besonderheiten, seinen spannenden Besuchereinrichtungen und die Arbeit eines Rangers kennen. Als Anerkennung erhalten die Kinder zum Abschluss das begehrte Junior Ranger-Zertifikat. Mittlerweile haben bereits über 2000 Kinder erfolgreich an dem Programm teilgenommen. 
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Switzerland gets its second national park!
Die Errichtungsphase des Parc Adula rückt in die entscheidende Phase. Ob dieser neue Nationalpark realisiert werden kann und welche Gemeinden letztendlich den Park-Perimeter bilden, wird an der Urne entschieden. Im Vorfeld zu dieser Abstimmung werden nun offene Fragen diskutiert, beantwortet und über die Medien gestreut. Für die Abstimmung spielen die Medien hier eine wichtige Rolle. Die Medien geben dem Parc ein Gesicht. 19 Beiträge drehten sich um die Errichtung des neuen Parc Adula. More Information
EUROPARC Consulting
A very clear message supporting sustainability
EUROPARC Consulting was really privileged to be part of the recent 2nd Dinaric Arc Parks Conference in Budva, Montenegro. What dynamism, what great progress, what wonderful enthusiasm!
Ever since we went to the first kick-off meeting in Belgrade at the beginning of 2012, our team has been steadily building up the message that sustainable tourism is the real way forward for all the protected areas in the Dinaric Arc region which encompasses Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo under UNSCR 1244, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. And the message is taking roots really well. When park representatives reported back about progress over the last 12 months, Richard Partington (EUROPARC Consulting chairman and sustainable tourism expert) and Wilf Fenten (EUROPARC Consulting managing director) who were both at the conference, looked at each other and could only say, “Wow”. A clear “no” to promoting mass tourism and a clear “yes” to sustainability.
The WWF team and our EUROPARC Consulting team have been working hard to highlight the great advantages of working together, particularly within the framework of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism. Our thanks to all who helped organise the conference in Montenegro and a big thank-you to WWF for keeping us involved in this truly wonderful programme.

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Größtes Naturraum-LIFE-Projekt in Bundesforste-Wäldern gestartet
Naturschutzmaßnahmen auf 24.000 Hektar Naturflächen im Ausseerland für mehr Wald- und Artenvielfalt – „Öko-Highway“ für Auer- und Birkhühner

Ein österreichweit einzigartiges EU-LIFE (L’Instrument Financier pour l’Environnement) Projekt starten die Österreichischen Bundesforste (ÖBf) dieser Tage in den Wäldern und Bergwelten des Ausseerlandes in der Steiermark. Auf rund 24.000 ha Naturflächen im Gebiet des steirischen Dachsteinplateaus und des Toten Gebirges werden in den nächsten sechs Jahren umfangreiche Naturschutzmaßnahmen gesetzt und die Flächen ökologisch weiterentwickelt. Dabei stehen einerseits der Erhalt wertvoller Ökosysteme im Naturschutzgebiet – von alpinen Waldgesellschaften bis hin zu Gewässerverbesserungen in Talnähe – im Vordergrund. Erstmals werden auch aktiv die Lebensräume schützenswerter Tierarten über die Grenzen von Siedlungs- und Wirtschaftsgebieten hinweg großräumig vernetzt. „Wir leben und arbeiten von und mit der Natur. Daher sehen wir es als unsere Verantwortung, die natürliche Vielfalt unserer Wälder und ihre ökologische Qualität zu erhaltenMehr Info


Wetlands and agriculture -  get ready for Ramsar's World Wetlands Day 2014! 
EUROPARC is joining forces and strongly promoting RAMSAR’s initiative on the World Wetlands Day 2014. We would like to see our EUROPARC members support the importance of wetlands and especially the importance of agriculture for our Protected Areas… Use this opportunity to get your voice heard! The WWD day is celebrated on February 2nd. Just in time to prepare some interesting activities!  More Information


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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. 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.
Celebrating mountains…
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

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