Our History

Kick-off meeting Chambéry January 2017

In early 2011, ALPARC (the Alpine Network of Protected Areas), CIPRA International (International Commission for the Protection of the Alps) and Educ’alpes (Network of Mountain Education in the Alps / FR) launched a joint reflection for the development of Mountain-Oriented Education throughout the Alpine arc.  

This close collaboration concerned:

  • the definition of a joint strategy around 2-3 priority themes
  • the continuation of technical partnerships around emerging projects: programs, editions, …
  • the study on the medium-term setting-up of a dynamic for an international Alpine mountain-oriented education network.

The three networks regularly exchanged and collaborated on several international projects, in particular on the theme of young people in the Alps: Youth Alpine Dialogue, Youth at the Top, etc.


In 2016, The “Educating Youth for the Alps – YOUrALPS” project was selected by the Alpine Space program, offering the possibility of setting up an international multi-partner project.

The project comprises:

  • an analysis and actions concerning Alpine Mountain-oriented Education for young people
  • the setting-up of an international Mountain-Oriented Network in the Alpine arc for all Alpine stakeholders

During 2017, a first version of the charter of the network is validated, a name and a logo is agreed between the YOUrALPS partners. An Internet platform -OurAlps web platform is launched including 4 discussion lists  as a concrete tool to connect stakeholders in the environmental education field.


YOUrALPS Partners

ALPARC - Le Réseau Alpin des Espaces Protégés | Alpine Network of Protected Areas
Educ’alpes, réseau d’éducation à la montagne alpine | Educ’alpes, network of alpine mountain education
Asters, Conservatoire d'Espaces Naturels de Haute-Savoie | Asters, Conservatory of natural areas of Upper-Savoy
EPLEFFA - Etablissement Public Local d'Enseignement et de Formations Professionnelles Agricoles de Chambéry – La Motte-Servolex | Local Public Establishment for Agricultural Education and Professional Training of Chambéry – La Motte-Servolex
RL - Regione Lombardia - Direzione Generale Ambiente, Energia e Sviluppo Sostenibile | Directorate-General Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development
FLA - Fondazione Lombardia per l’Ambiente | Lombardy Foundation for the Environment
RMB - Regional management Burgenland GmbH | Regional Management Burgenland
VNÖ - Verband der Naturparke Österreichs | Association of Austrian Nature Parks
GEOUIBK - Institut für Geographie, Universität Innsbruck | Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck
UL - Univerza v Ljubljani | University of Ljubljana
BC Naklo - Biotehniški center Naklo | Biotechnical centre Naklo
NPB - Nationalparkverwaltung Berchtesgaden | National park administration Berchtesgaden