Slovenian Presidency of the Alpine Convention
At the XVII Alpine Conference (27 October 2022), Slovenia took over the presidency of the Alpine Convention for the period 2023-2024 from Switzerland. The focus of the Slovenian presidency, in close cooperation with the other Contracting Parties, the Observers, and the Permanent Secretariat, is to promote the topic of quality of life in the Alpine region.
During its two-year presidency, Slovenia will focus on three priority areas: quality of life as the main topic, environmental education with an emphasis on climate change, and biodiversity.
- Through activities in these thematic areas, the Slovenian Presidency will contribute to the implementation of the three priorities of the new Multi-Annual Work Programme of the Alpine Conference 2023-2030: Conserving and valuing Alpine biodiversity and ecosystems, taking ambitious climate action, and enabling a good quality of life for the people in the Alps.
- Quality of life has not yet been comprehensively addressed within the framework of the Alpine Convention, although it is addressed by both the Framework Convention and the Declaration "Population and Culture". Quality of life emphasises the need to balance economic interests with environmental conditions, ensuring the basics for the standard of living of the Alpine population. This includes preserving living spaces, quality of life, and equal opportunities for people living in the Alps. Slovenia wants to take a step forward and give this field a new impetus.
- Educators are important stakeholders in the implementation of the Alpine Convention’s climate goals and its Climate Action Plan 2.0. Slovenia therefore intends to highlight the inclusion of climate change in formal education, with an emphasis on experiential learning in nature, and to encourage possible future cooperation in this area.
- Alpine biodiversity and efforts on the topic are important both at the level of the Alps and at the wider regional and global level. Slovenia therefore wishes to highlight the original contribution of the Alpine Convention to the implementation of the global biodiversity framework after 2020 (Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework).
In connection with these topics, the Slovenian presidency will lead or support the following activities
- The preparation of the 10th Report on the State of the Alps on quality of life, which should be adopted by the XVIII Alpine Conference. In cooperation with the Contracting Parties, Observers, Thematic Working Bodies and stakeholders, a comprehensive review of the situation will be prepared, leaning on the results of the 9th Report on the State of the Alps on Alpine towns. The findings and recommendations will be a guide for further activities as part of the implementation of the Multi-Annual Work Programme 2023-2030 in this priority area.
- The pan-Alpine network of Mountaineering Villages will come together in Slovenia in 2024 for its annual meeting on the topic of cultural heritage. By preserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage, the Mountaineering Villages strive to strengthen both the tourism offer as well as local identities associated with belonging to the Alpine area and the quality of life of the population. The Constructive Alps exhibition – the sixth travelling exhibition showcasing sustainable renovation and construction – will also draw attention to these aspects.
- In the second half of 2023, a conference on environmental education will be organised with an emphasis on climate change. Slovenia wants to highlight experiential learning in nature as part of the formal educational process and as an opportunity to change current behaviour and the behaviour of future generations in relation to climate change.
- In the framework of the climate change topic and youth activities, Slovenia supports to the YOALIN project, which spreads awareness on sustainable forms of travel among young people and contributes to the goals of decarbonising transport in the Alps, as per the agreement of the Simplon Alliance.
- In the first half of 2024, a conference on biodiversity will be organised with an emphasis on the Alpine Convention’s contributions to the implementation of the global framework for biodiversity after 2020. The intended thematic focus is on the key elements of the natural and cultural landscape for biodiversity, especially in light of improving ecological connectivity and restoration of ecosystems.
- Biodiversity, nature, and its role in the quality of life will most likely be the topic of the Young Academics Award, which will be supported by the Slovenian Presidency in cooperation with ISCAR.
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