Commission Internationale pour la Protection des Alpes (CIPRA)
founded in 1952
CIPRA is an umbrella organisation with over 100 member organisations, individual members and 1 patron.
For more than half a century, CIPRA is working for sustainable development in the Alps. The non-governmental organisation is looking for possibilities to bring in line environmental, economic and social affairs in the Alpine region.
CIPRA is represented in seven Alpine countries: Germany, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia. Moreover, it maintains a regional office in South Tyrol. The umbrella organisation serves as a platform for all concerns regarding the Alps. It gathers data and facts on topics such as climate, traffic, alpine farming, tourism, energy and construction, processes them and makes them available for interested people inside and outside the Alps.
Multilingual, cross-border information and communication is a key part of CIPRA’s work. One aspect One aspect of this work is a cross-border information platform in four languages for the whole of the Alpine region. The platform is made up of the CIPRA website, the thematic magazine SzeneAlpen, a background report called compact and other publications. There is also a regular alpMedia newsletter and an annual conference. To promote further exchange and implementation of sustainable development in the Alpine region, CIPRA launched the Alliance in the Alps network. Therefore, it has the order to do the office work and initiates and carries out projects. For the "Alpine Town of the Year" association, the secretariat performs office tasks and coordinates project activities.
CIPRA is active in lobbying, launching and supporting policy initiatives to protect and promote sustainable development in the Alps. The organisation works to further its objectives in plans, conventions, agreements and implementation measures, adopts resolutions, declarations and recommendations on current issues, and is represented in relevant policy-making bodies. Work on implementing and adapting the Alpine Convention is of special importance in this regard. CIPRA also coordinates pan-Alpine projects of its members and carries out projects on its own.
CIPRA’s highest decision-making body is the Assembly of Delegates, which convenes at least once a year to elect the Executive Board, approve the programme of work and budget, and adopt resolutions and declarations. The issues to be decided upon by the Assembly of Delegates are discussed by the Presiding Committee, which also submits motions to the delegates. The Presiding Committee consists of the Executive Board and two representatives of each of the national delegations plus one representative of each extraordinary member.
CIPRA International is funded by donations and membership fees as well as by contributions from the state and project funds.
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BfN chaired the first elected board of the Ecological Network Platform under the Alpine Convention from 2006 to 2009 and cooperated closely with CIPRA in communications and public relations during this period.