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A journey of 1500 km through the Alps to highlight the sites of EU-funded LIFE projects and the unique characteristics of the mountainous heart of Europe - starting from Slovenia and travelling through Austria, Italy and France to end in the city of Grenoble. This was the sixth edition of SuperAlp! – the sustainable crossing of the Alps organized by the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention.  

From 4th to 11th July 2012, a group of journalists from major newspapers and international media from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Nepal, Romania, Slovenia and Switzerland travelled through the Alps from east to west, using various means of transport as alternatives to private cars: train, bus, bicycle, and of course on foot. Among the objectives of every SuperAlp! is the desire to communicate the possibility of getting about in the Alps using public transport.  

The core of the 2012 edition were visits to eight LIFE projects – one in Slovenia, two in Austria, three in Italy and two in France – focused on different subjects, from the reintroduction of bears to the preservation of water ecosystems.  

This special edition took place in collaboration with DG Environment of the European Commission to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Habitats Directive and the ‘LIFE’ Programme, adopted to safeguard the most threatened species and habitats in Europe. Under the Habitats Directive, the world's largest coherent network of protected areas — Natura 2000 — was established, consisting of more than 26000 sites in all 27 Member States and covering nearly 18 % of the EU territory. This unique network was developed with financial support provided by the LIFE initiative.  

The challenges of globalization bear heavily on the Alpine arc, and meeting them effectively requires coordinated action by the national territories it covers. The purpose of the Alpine Convention, an international treaty signed in 1991 between the eight Alpine states and the European Union, is to promote active cooperation to ensure sustainable development of the Alps and to protect the interests of the Alpine populations. The EU Birds and Habitats Directives and the LIFE instrument provide essential support for Nature conservation in the Alps and are a key tool to ensure that sustainable socio-economic development goes hand in hand with the need to protect and restore the valuable alpine biodiversity.  

SuperAlp!6 journalists' reports:

Marco Berchi - Turismo, montagna e ambiente: parlano due protagonisti, il direttore del Parco Nazionale 
                         del Gran Paradiso e il Segretario generale della Convenzione delle Alpi 

                        La montagna punta in alto

Raul Cazan - Think Outside the Box - Traversarea sustenabilă a Alpilor, în imagini
Pietro Crivellaro - Sole24Ore - Chi ha paura dell'orso?

Louis-Gilles Francoeur - La Convention alpine fait école
                                        Convention alpine - protéger et restaurer pour mieux développer
                                        Dans les Alpes, ours et loups ne sont plus des bêtes mythiques

Cristina Favento -Il Piccolo - Superalp, in viaggio nelle Alpi senza l'auto
Mateja Gruden - SuperAlp!: »Alpska poskočnica«
                           SuperAlp! - prvi dan
                           SuperAlp! - tretji dan
                           SuperAlp! - dan tri in štiri 
                           SuperAlp! Dan pet in šest
                           SuperAlp! je končan
                           Nedelo - Po Alpah z nižjim ogljičnim odtisom
Günter Knackfuß - Springer für Professionals Technik Energie und Umwelt Boden 1. Etappe:
                                 Süßwasserfeuchtgebiet... Umwelt 1. Etappe: Süßwasserfeuchtgebiet 
                                 Zelenci und Wurzenpass

Pragati Shahi - High-altitude visions
Valéry Laramée de Tannenberg - En 20 ans, quel bilan pour la Convention alpine?
Alenka Žumbar - SuperAlp!, 1. dan: Od Zelencev do Podkloštra
                           SuperAlp!, 2. dan: Na medvedjem mostu
                           SuperAlp!, 3. dan: »Reka je simbol življenja!«
                           SuperAlp!, 4. dan: Z avtobusom, vlakom, gondolo in kolesom do italijanskih medvedov
                           SuperAlp!, 5 in 6. dan: Potep po lombardijskih gorah in zaščiteni alpski poti
                           SuperAlp!, 7. dan: »Alpe izgubljajo svojo identiteto!«
                           SuperAlp!, 8. dan: Mleko in les – ekonomski priložnosti alpskega sveta
                  - SuperAlp!: Why our neglect of the fruitful Alpine environment?
                  - SuperAlp!: Zakaj smo mačehovski do plodovitega alpskega sveta?

Other press coverage: - SuperAlp! 6: The sustainable crossing of the Alps - V Logarski dolini dan trajnostne mobilnosti - Novinarji 1500-kilometrsko pot po Alpah začenjajo v Zelencih - Trajnostni transport v Alpah
la - SuperAlp!6, viaggiare green attraverso le Alpi - SuperAlp! Z vlakom in kolesom na 1500-kilometrsko pot po Alpah - SuperAlp!6, viaggiare green attraverso le Alpi - SuperAlp! 6: Eine nachhaltige Alpendurchquerung
Italia - SuperAlp: La traversata sostenibile delle Alpi - 6^ “SUPERALP!” Traversata sostenibile delle Alpi, 4-11 luglio 2012
Accademia della Montagna del - SuperAlp!6: La traversata sostenibile delle Alpi 
Alternativa - SuperAlp! 6: la traversata sostenibile delle Alpi - SuperAlp!6 – La traversata sostenibile delle Alpi
Stampa - SuperAlp! 6: la traversata sostenibile delle Alpi
The Information daily - Environment: SuperAlp! 6: The sustainable crossing of the Alps
Fer - Convenzione delle Alpi: al via dal 4 al 11 luglio SuperAlp!6, traversata sostenibile - Alpska konvencija - The SuperAlp 2012 - Arrivano al traguardo i protagonisti “SuperAlp!”, la traversata sostenibile delle Alpi 
Comune di - SuperAlp! 6: 1500 chilometri attraverso le Alpi
Corriere Alto Adige - Alpi, un tour ecologico
DolomitenElf Tage mit Öffis durch vier Alpenländer
Radio Made in - SuperAlp!, la traversata sostenibile delle Alpi
Atlante - Arriva domani a Grenoble SuperAlp! 2012
Terza - SuperAlp! 6: la traversata sostenibile delle Alpi
Club Alpino Italiano - Dal 4 all’11 luglio organizzata dal Segretariato permanente della Convenzione delle Alpi
Obiettivo - SuperAlp! 6: la traversata sostenibile delle Alpi - Ambiente: SuperAlp, sulle Alpi con mezzi sostenibili - SuperAlp! 6: Eine nachhaltige Alpendurchquerung - SuperAlp! 6: la traversata sostenibile delle Alpi

Alpska konvencija - The SuperAlp - Rateče - Arnoldstein - 2012