List of Partners

ALPARC - Le Réseau Alpin des Espaces Protégés  |  Alpine Network of Protected Areas

Since 1995, ALPARC- The Alpine Network of protected area - supports the cooperation between the management teams of the protected areas of the Alpine arc for sustainable management, better promotion of the Alpine natural and cultural heritage, sustainable regional development and the safeguard of the link between Man, especially young people, and the natural mountain environment. ALPARC works significantly on Alpine environmental education topics: coordinates an alps-wide Working group of Mountain Education experts, leads concrete international projects addressed to youth, diffuse and valorize mountain educational approaches via international communicational tools.


ALPARC is project leader for YOUrALPS. The Netwrok is responsible for technical and financial management and coordination of project partners activities. ALPARC is also responsible for the project communication activities .


Veronika Widmann, eMail

Letizia Arneodo, eMail

Guido Plassmann, eMail

Educ’alpes, réseau d’éducation à la montagne alpine | Educ’alpes, network of alpine mountain education

Network of French mountain education specialists (local actors, associations, schools, institutions and parks) sharing tools and competences working in close cooperation with education centers hosting youth with a high level experience in this field. One of the main Educ'alpes' purpose is to support youth to discover and experience mountains and to encourage alpine youth participation and citizenship.Our network develops educational tools, organizes events and trainings for educators. It works in partnership with multiple French institutions specialized on education at different levels (Ministries, regions, departments, municipalities) and with a group of young alpine citizen (JeunesAlp'titude) their involvement is foreseen in the project.

Educ'alpes and YOUrALPS

Educ'alpes is WPT1 Leader and will coordinate the development of the network on mountain oriented education and the web-platform tool: framework, approaches, animation, promotion. It will actively support the dissemination of WPT2-T4 results outputs.


Isabelle Roux, eMail

Asters, Conservatoire d'Espaces Naturels de Haute-Savoie | Asters, Conservatory of natural areas of Upper-Savoy

ASTERS is working to promote environmental education issues in the managed areas (41 areas, including 9 Nature Reserves) in Haute-Savoie. Asters is developing pedagogical tools, coordinating and organizing mountain education activities  to raise awareness on environmental conservation, especially among youth. Each year, more than 80 schools are concerned with Asters’activities (primary and secondary schools). The Conservation authority is also part of several environmental education networks at departmental level (Empreinte 74) and regional level (Educ'Alpes). In partnership with Canopé, (National Education network) we develop certified pedagogical tools. ASTERS leads also many different scientific studies in the Nature Reserves in partnership with several universities.


ASTERS will bring its mountain environmental education expertise and will be involved mostly in WPT3 in pilot action testing activities with schools and PA. Asters will contributes to other WP activities as organizing an info day on WPT2  output.


Anne-Laurence Mazenq, eMail

Etablissement Public Local d'Enseignement et de Formations Professionnelles Agricoles (EPLEFPA) de Chambéry – La Motte-Servolex  |  Local Public Establishment for Agricultural Education and Professional Training of Chambéry – La Motte-Servolex

Vocational high school, where a majority of students comes from the French Alps. Courses based on projects, observation and field experiences with a strong alpine dimension. Main aim: to train students for the employment in mountain area with a sustainable development approach. Curricula focused: sustainable mountain farming and local products valorization, agro-tourism and nature conservation. The school is involved in the local development with the support of professional and cultural partners as Savoy University, works in close cooperation with local mountain actors: local communities (Chambéry municipality), farmers, the youth session of the agriculture trade union, regional and local Alpine Clubs. It has experience in EU projects.


EPLEFPA will mainly act in WP3 on pilot actions, generating situational analysis linked with WP2 practices, setting up an alpine Vocational school network’s group under WP1, cooperating in the definition of the ASM WP4, promoting pilot’s actions via videos WPC


Yves Peutot, eMail

Regione Lombardia - Direzione Generale Ambiente, Energia e Sviluppo Sostenibile  |  Directorate-General Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development

Regione Lombardia has relevant experiences in territorial cooperation in the Alps: it is one of the founders of EUSALP, member of the Alpine Convention and partner of several Alpine Space projects. It is in charge of the regional planning of environmental education and supports all the relevant educational actors in this field, in particular the parks. Since 2015 it coordinates the so-called "Environmental Education Table" which involves all the stakeholders at regional level and has promoted the "Regional Environmental Education Guidelines".

Regione Lombardia and YOUrALPS

Regione Lombardia will take part to the PSG and steadily manage the project (WPM), spread the results and organize a public event, contribute to the Alpine School Model and test it in at least 1 pilot site involving the observers (WPT3).


Antonella Songia, eMail

Fondazione Lombardia per l’Ambiente | Lombardy Foundation for the Environment

FLA is a non-profit Foundation established by the Lombardy Region in 1986 and it belongs to the “Enlarged Institutional Administration System” of the Lombardy Region. Under this provision FLA is acting as technical body responsible of the technical contents of legislation and administrative regulations issued by Lombardy Region in the environmental sector. FLA has a well-established expertise in the environmental protection policies in the Alps as well as in communication/education projects related to formal education (primary, secondary and high schools) and in non-formal education (on-field training courses). FLA is member of institutional networks on education at national and regional level.


WPT4 leader and contribution to other WPs with national observers. Main responsibilities: definition of the educational model for Alpine schools and implementation in pilot sites; development of a pedagogical toolkit for supporting youth education; model dissemination.


Mita Lapi, eMail

Regionalmanagement Burgenland GmbH | Regional Management Burgenland

RMB founded in 1995, is service provider and contact point for the entire Burgenland. Its purpose is to coordinate EU regional grants, foster the establishment of regional joint ventures, offer consulting, innovation and pilot projects as well as monitor and evaluate EU projects. The 6 nature parks of Burgenland are managed and coordinated by the ARGE Naturparke Burgenland since end of 2001, which is also a responsibility of the RMB since its inception. The aim is to establish the nature parks through joint projects and marketing activities. The establishment and maintenance of Nature Park schools - in a very close cooperation with the school board - is also an important task. RMB counts 37 staff members, with experts in project management.


RMB will contribute to communication strategy, WP1 network and WP2 analysis with its experiences and best practices. It brings its experience of Nature Park Schools in Burgenland to WP4 to develop the Alpine School Model and implement pilot activities.


Thomas Böhm, eMail

VNÖ, Verband der Naturparke Österreichs  |  Association of Austrian Nature Parks

VNÖ is the umbrella organization of the 48 Austrian Nature Parks. VNÖ has 20 years' experience in the field of environmental education with schools and kindergartens. In this frame VNÖ developed the model "Nature Park Schools", based on a close cooperation between schools, communities and nature parks, defined in a charter. In 2016, 80 "Nature Park Schools" exist all over Austria. Furthermore VNÖ elaborated several studies and reports on biodiversity and environmental education. VNÖ is also organizing and coordinating a certified course on educational tools for nature park guides.


Main contributions to:

WPT1: development of network framework + approaches; WPT2: state of the art - desk research on innovative approaches; WPT3: Summer school learning concept development; WPT4  Alpine School Model Transfer


Marelli Asamer- Handler, eMail

Institut für Geographie, Universität Innsbruck  |  Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck

The working group "communication and education in Geography" works with young people in the field of sustainability and climate change. Since 2012, field trips to the mountains are conducted each summer with a partner school (youth around 14 years) within the frame of  the research-education cooperation k.i.d.Z.21-kompetent in die Zukunft. This project aims to raise awareness on climate    change issues and gives students the opportunity to learn   about climate change in authentic learning environments in the mountains. Within its follow-up project k.i.d.Z.21-Austria, which started in april 2015, further research stays in the mountains at different locations will be carried out in the following years with several  Austrian schools.

Institut für Geographie, Universität Innsbruck and YOUrALPS

WPT2 leader: supports the development of an Alpine School Model by an analysis of the status quo in alpine countries. After a testing phase, we will support the evaluation of pilot sites. We will support communication and dissemination of WPT1-4-C.


Lukas Fritz, eMail

Maximilian Riede, eMail

Univerza v Ljubljani  |  University of Ljubljana

The department of Geography at Faculty of Arts of Ljubljana University was founded in 1919 and since than represents the main source of geographical knowledge in Slovenia. Since 2011, the Department of Geography within its study program offers a course in Geography of Mountains and protected areas as a part of module Geography of Tourism. The course is focused on the sustainable development of mountain regions which includes social, spatial, economic and environmental issues. Department of Geography is also part of several EU networks of universities teachers, such as UE4SD network (university teachers for sustainable development in EU) in which we share experiences and compare national teaching systems in the field of sustainable development. We support also the NGO CIPRA Slovenia as our students attend the CIPRA YOUTH COUNCIL  and take part in projects related to the youth participation connected with issues of sustainable development and living conditions for young people in the Alps.

Univerza v Ljubljani and YOUrALPS

UL will be involved in WPT3, organizing summer school for educators, active role in others WP supporting the establishment of the network of MOE, contributing and disseminating project results with national observers organizing infoday for WPT2 outputs

Biotehniški center Naklo  |  Biotechnical centre Naklo

The vocational high school BC Naklo is specialized in educational programmes on nature preservation, agriculture and food process. The courses are focused on tourism, wildlife management, sustainable development, organic agriculture. The main aim is to improve students’ knowledge on Alpine space natural and cultural heritage. A strong emphasis is given to practical work; c.a 400 hours/year are dedicated to practical trains. BC Naklo has experience in EU and international projects (NFM, Erasmus +) addressed both to students and on trainings for teachers. BC Naklo works in strong cooperation with other educational institutions (the Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges) and organizes pedagogical and scientific conferences.

Biotehniški center Naklo and YOUrALPS

BC Naklo will coordinate pilot site activities - WPT3. We will also design, implement and evaluate activities of the Alpine school model in cooperation with Triglav national park. BC Naklo will promote network of MOE among slovenian teachers and encourage their MOE activities. BC Naklo will be included in designing of ASM curriculum and its evaluation with ECVET tool - WPT4. 


Urška Kleč, eMail

Nationalparkverwaltung Berchtesgaden  |  National park administration Berchtesgaden

The environmental education unit of the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden offers a wide range of programs for different target groups. About 20.000 people take part in the programs per year. Children and teenagers are one of our main target groups since 20 years. They visit the Nationalpark either in daily excursions or within 1-3 days holidays programs. Regularly activities are organized with children (age 7-16) living around the protected area since 2005. The Park has a high level experience in the management and organization of field activities. We are connected to EUROPARC, ANU-Bayern, JBN, DAV and other NGOs or German educational networks as well as to different universities and to more than 300 schools in the EUREGIO Salzburg - Berchtesgadener Land - Traunstein.

Nationalpark Berchtesgaden and YOUrALPS

NPB will contribute in WPT3 as a pilot site for the Alpine School Model. It will also contribute in WPT1-2-C development and results dissemintation: creating a video with youth, organizing the German Infoday (WPT2), work on pedagogical tools/guidance material


Andrea Heiss, eMail