The International Secretariat
The International Commission for the Protection of the Alps CIPRA
CIPRA is an autonomous non-governmental, non-profit umbrella organisation that has been committed to the protection and sustainable development of the Alps since 1952. With its international executive office in Liechtenstein, its representatives in seven Alpine states and around one hundred member organisations and institutions CIPRA today represents a major alpine-wide network. From this broad base it is able to play a pioneering role in contributing to solving current problems and upcoming challenges aimed at bringing about a sustainable and ecological future for the Alpine region.
The Alpine Convention, launched at CIPRA’s initiative, is a guiding principle for the way it thinks and acts. The Convention was signed by the Alpine States as a treaty under international law in 1991 and has since provided a platform for cross-border co-operation.
CIPRA is a modern multilingual information platform for the expert and non-expert alike, both in and outside of the Alps. With its monthly alpMedia Newsletter, CIPRA communicates news, publications and events from and for all the countries of the Alps. In addition CIPRA publishes in-depth information in its “Alpine Reports”, in its magazine "AlpsInsight" two or three times per year and other publications. The www.cipra.org website acts as an alpine-wide knowledge base on the subject of sustainable development. The articles and publications are available in up to five languages (French, German, Italian, Slovene and English).
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CIPRA initiates projects on its main topics biodiversity and landscape, youth, climate and energy, transport and alpine politics. It implements them with and in its broad network. There it pursues a double strategy: on the one hand a top-down approach with the Alpine Convention, and on the other a bottom-up approach involving various projects, initiatives and networks.
“Disseminating knowledge – networking people” is an important goal for CIPRA so that “Living in the Alps” continues being worthwhile in the future, too! The Via Alpina, for which it has been managing the international secretariat since 2014, is the concrete thread between all initiatives and a portal towards the alpine regions for both inhabitants and visitors.
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