The implementation of the Alpine Convention at the local level is vital for its success. Bringing the Convention to their communities and territories is the main task of the Infopoints of the Alpine Convention.
Representatives from five of the Infopoints travelled to the Permanent Secretariat’s branch office in EURAC (Bolzano/Bozen) for an interactive workshop from 20 and 21 June. Originally planned for 2020, this meeting had to be postponed due to the pandemic.
The representatives from the Infopoints in Chamonix (France), Domodossola and Morbegno (Italy), Tolmin (Slovenia), and Villach (Austria) met for the first time in-person, finally giving them the opportunity to get to know each other, beyond their respective regular bilateral collaboration with the Secretariat.
The workshop had two main objectives: fostering a direct exchange of experience and developing joint activities. The engagement of the individual Infopoints towards the same goal, each with their own setting and specificities, was the red thread of the discussions. The participants parted with many ideas to follow up in the upcoming months.
The Permanent Secretariat aims to organise all events as sustainably as possible and would also like to motivate everyone who is organising something in the scope of the Alpine Convention to adopt a similar approach. This workshop was certified as a GreenEvent KlimaLand South Tyrol Alto Adige.
“The Infopoints of the Alpine Convention are very special partners, bringing the Alpine Convention closer to the inhabitants. We rely on their creativity to try out new approaches linked to very concrete local activities. I am delighted that we were able to finally meet together in-person and I am looking forward to strengthening our partnerships in future!” said Alenka Smerkolj, Secretary General of the Alpine Convention.