Alliance for the Alps

Championing sustainable farming in the Alps

© Gunther Willinger
A mountain meadow with Wild Thyme and Yellow Rattle showing a diversity now endangered © Gunther Willinger

Rocks, scree, lakes, bogs and other mires, mountain streams, mountain forests, species-rich meadows and open grazing land - the variety of the Alpine landscape makes it a hotspot of biodiversity in Europe and an important habitat for numerous animal and plant species. For tourism, too, this area of unspoiled nature is of great importance.

 

Mountain farming is disappearing
The use of seasonal mountain pasture, meadows and alkaline grasslands in traditional extensive farming contributes significantly to preserving the great biodiversity in the Alps. This form of farming, however, is very labour intensive and often only brings in poor returns. As a result many farmers are giving up farming their land and the precious open habitats are becoming overgrown. The remaining farmsteads are increasingly concentrating on the more accessible slopes and are farming them with machinery and heavy use of fertilizer.

 

Working together for a sustainable form of farming in the Alps
The present orientation of European agricultural policy significantly encourages the development described above. For years now the policy has fostered a form of farming geared to maximum performance producing as much food as possible at the cheapest possible price.

In the autumn of 2011 EuroNatur started the initiative “Alliance for Farming and Nature Conservation in the Alps” with support from the Mava Foundation. In this alliance around 20 farming and nature conservation associations formed a group to campaign for the preservation of mountain farming. Together these organisations made their voices heard in the discussion on EU agricultural policy planned for the period 2014-2020. Working with the other partners in the Alliance EuroNatur formulated a position paper. In it the associations analysed and evaluated the content of the proposed law and produced concrete suggestions for its improvement.

More information on the project and on the demands put forward by the Alliance of associations for a form of mountain farming with a viable future can be found in the position paper “Maintain alpine diversity” (PDF 2,1 Mb)


Sponsor: MAVA Foundation

 

 

 

The position paper is available for download in:

  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Slowenian

© Titelfoto: Werner Layer
© Titelfoto: Werner Layer

 

Alpine Vielfalt erhalten (PDF 2,2 MB)

Forderungen der Allianz für Landwirtschaft
und Naturschutz in den Alpen für
eine zukunftsfähige Berglandwirtschaft

(Vollversion)  


© Josef Timar/EuroNatur
© Josef Timar/EuroNatur

 

Maintain alpine diversity (PDF 2,2 MB)

Demands of the Alliance for Agriculture
and Nature Conservation in the Alps for
viable and sustainable mountain farming

(Vollversion)  

 


© Martin Schneider-Jacoby
© Martin Schneider-Jacoby

 

Préserver la diversité dans les Alpes (PDF 1,2 MB)
Recommandations de l’Alliance pour l’agriculture
et la protection de la nature dans les Alpes en
vue d’une agriculture de montagne durable

(Kurzfassung)


© EuroNatur
© EuroNatur

 

Conservare la diversità alpina (PDF 1,2 MB)
Richieste dell’Alleanza per l’agricoltura e la
protezione della natura nelle Alpi per
un’agricoltura di montagna capace di futuro

(Kurzfassung)


© Davorka Kitonic
© Davorka Kitonic

 

Ohraniti alpsko raznolikost (PDF 1,4 MB)
Zahteve Zveze za kmetijstvo in varstvo narave
v Alpah za oživitev hribovskega kmetijstva

(Kurzfassung)


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