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WE ARE ALPS 2017  
Each year the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention is organizing a crossing of the Alps for journalists in early summer, with the aim of raising awareness on the challenges and opportunities of our region, and on the Alpine Convention as a toolbox for the balanced development of a territory shared by 8 states. The tour shows the characteristics, features, opportunities and common issues the Alpine inhabitants are facing. This year’s focus was on the topic of WATER IN THE ALPS. 
The small group of journalists was taken for a week-long excursion across the Alps, using sustainable means of transport, that are alternative to private car; trains, buses, boats and bicycles were used, and a part of the tour was done on foot. Throughout the tour people from the Alps –amongst others experts, representatives of the civil society, of different economic sectors and different administrative levels, business people, workers, farmers and politicians – were met, therefore the name of the journey: “We are Alps”. 
The tour took place between 25 June and 2 July 2017 on a route linking Vienna (A) and Monaco, with activities on the topic of Water in the Alps: from drinking water to water sports and spa, from water ecology to irrigation, hydroelectricity and more, also highlighting the issues of natural disasters and climate change. The group experienced various rivers and lakes in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France with a finish by the sea in Monaco. The participants had the opportunity to meet the actors of flagship projects contributing to innovative water management. 
Here you can have a look at the programme of the tour. Meet the participants here.

We are Alps tour 2017

All journalists taking part in the tour commited themselves to publish at least two articles or broadcasts about the crossing  - you can read the articles here:
by Lorenzo Brenna, Lifegate

by Raul Cazan

by Andrea Ferrari Trecate

by Tjaša Potisk (filming by: Jože Hartman), Radiotelevizija Slovenija

by Maja Prijatelj Videmšek, Delo
by Vida Petrovčič, Radiotelevizija Slovenija
by Christian Vanderwinnen 
by Mitja Volčanšek, Slovenian Press Agency by Alexander Zingerle, Dolomiten