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ALPSTAR Project »Towards Carbon Neutral Alps – Make Best Practice Minimum Standard« Presented Its Numerous Results at the Final Conference

Ljubljana, 29th May 2014 – Yesterday’s final conference successfully concluded the ALPSTAR project which aimed to tackle climate change in the vulnerable Alpine region. The project led by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment of Slovenia aimed to contribute to the increased cooperation in the field of climate change mitigation by supporting the implementation of pilot measures and the preparation of regional climate strategies and action plans. The final conference presented the numerous results of the project and contributed to its success.

Project ALPSTAR »Towards Carbon Neutral Alps – Make Best Practice Minimum Standard« ran from July 2011 and will officially conclude in the end of June 2014. The project budget accounted for almost 3 million euros, supported by ERDF funds through the European Transnational Cooperation programme Alpine Space.

ALPSTAR has been led by the Slovene Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment with participating partners from all Alpine countries. The aim of the project was to contribute towards climate neutrality in the Alps by 2050 by encouraging the implementation of climate change mitigation measures which have already proved to be best practices. It has strived to do that through the collection, analysis, comparison, testing and implementation of climate change measures in 12 pilot regions all over the Alps. By doing so, it has assisted the implementation of the Action Plan on Climate Change in the Alps adopted in March 2009 by the Contracting Parties of the Alpine Convention. At the final conference on 27th and 28th May 2014 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, more than 80 participants gathered to discuss the lessons learnt in the project. Concepts for good climate governance, policy measures, strategies and challenges of selected aspects of climate neutrality, and effective means of communication to engage the population were presented.

Participants also learned about good practice examples of sustainable and climate change addressing initiatives by taking part in a half-day excursion in the city of Ljubljana.   The conference was opened by Director General for the Environment, Tanja Bolte M.Sc. with opening speeches by Tanja Cegnar from the Slovenian Environment Agency, and Eva Stare from the Alpine Space Programme.

The opening remarks were followed by a round table discussion “From Good Practice to Policy Making: Lessons Learned” in which policy makers, mayors and representatives on regional and trans-national level, presented their experience with climate policies and expressed general optimism about the target to achieve carbon neutrality in the Alps by 2050.

 

During the afternoon a “Marketplace of Regions and Projects” offered an opportunity for direct exchange of experiences and good practices among participants and offered many useful information and opportunities for cooperation among the stakeholders in the field of climate change in the Alps and beyond.

This was followed by the presentation of the candidacy of the City of Ljubljana for the European Green Capital award and other activities that are carried out by the City.   Participants at the conference were offered three Promenades, where they walked through the centre of Ljubljana, learning about the examples of good practice in the fields of mobility, nature and agriculture, and public space and city rehabilitation improvement projects in the old town.

 

The second day of the conference was highlighted through four different workshops analysing the possibilities of further influencing policy-making through the Policy cycle model, looking at options for financial support for further projects in the new Alpine Space Programme, preparing a contribution to the public consultation process on the EU Macro-regional strategy for the Alps, and exchanging experiences on grass root climate measures. The closing session “ALPSTAR Outlook for the Future” presented plans for the continuation of the project.

The conference was concluded through an address by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment, Ms. Andreja Jerina M.Sc.

She thanked all the participants and representatives of the Alpine regions for their contribution to the ALPSTAR project and emphasized the importance of climate strategies and action plans for the transition to carbon neutrality. Based on the recognition that climate change poses a global challenge in which transnational cooperation is necessary, she expressed the hope that the ALPSTAR can prove to be a model for regional cooperation also in other areas.

 

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