French Presidency of the Alpine Conference
On 4 April 2019, at the Alpine Conference in Innsbruck, France officially took over the Presidency of the Alpine Convention from Austria.
The French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Elisabeth Borne, is currently the President of the Alpine Conference.
Work programme 2019-2020
In general, France calls for an operationalization of the work of the Alpine Convention through the following measures:
- Enhanced ownership of the Alpine Convention by local authorities: the fundamentals are already well established, but it is essential to systematise this, pursue local engagement and develop good practices further.
- The development of synergies with the macro-regional strategy for the Alpine region (EUSALP), launched in 2016 as an important tool for regional policy and territorial cooperation. 2020, which will be a year of dual French presidency, will, as far as possible, be leveraged to achieve these synergies in practice.
The French Presidency has set its priorities on the basis of the following issues:
- Air quality: this issue is covered by Article 2c of the Alpine Convention, but has not been addressed in depth so far, while being a matter of grave concern in Alpine valleys. Progress on the issue is a scientific, environmental and political imperative.
Upon proposal of France, the 8th Report on the State of the Alps (RSA 8) will be dedicated to air quality.
- Water as a resource and living environment will be the focus of a conference scheduled to take place in Annecy in the autumn of 2019. This presidency event will be an opportunity for tangible engagement on the part of local and regional authorities. The programme will focus on two major issues: (1) Water as a resource, and adapting to climate change in Alpine territories, (2) The physical restoration of watercourses and rivers as an asset for Alpine areas.
- France has made biodiversity a key theme and calls for it to become a priority on a par with climate. It is planning an event focused on mountain biodiversity during its presidency, to be organised in conjunction with the IUCN Congress, to be held in June 2020 in Marseilles.
The Work Programme 2019-2021 is available in German, French, Italian and Slovenian.