International Commission for the Protection of the Alps - CIPRA (Slovenia)
Since its founding in 1952 CIPRA has been bringing people and organisations together across cultural, geographic, political and language divides, people who are committed to sustainable development in the Alps; it has done so as an umbrella organization since 1975. Its members include more than 100 associations, organisations and individuals.
CIPRA strives to lend more weight to Alpine policy on the international stage. 1991 was a milestone year, with the signing of the Alpine Convention. CIPRA sits on the Alpine Convention’s committees as an official observer, contributing ideas and a basis for discussion on topical issues, and expresses critical views on a range of positions, strategies and action plans.
In 1996 CIPRA helped bring about the founding of the Alliance in the Alps network of municipalities. Since then it has been driving its further development forward, carrying out its projects, and providing administrative services. CIPRA also runs the executive office of the Alpine Town of the Year Association, founded in 1997, and implements its projects. CIPRA communicates in a multitude of languages, providing in-depth, reliable information. In the International Year of the Mountains 2002 it launched alpMedia, an Alpine-wide information service. The newsletter provides regular news, information and event details from all the Alpine states. The information is continually updated on this website. CIPRA encourages others to take action. Through a wide variety of projects it demonstrates how this can be done: building houses that generate more energy than they consume; creating corridors so that animals and plants are able to move and reproduce freely; assisting with climate change mitigation and adapting to climate change without harming nature. Learning from and with others is the motto. Our vision: Living in the Alps. We like the wideness of aspects this statement is touching. It contains both environment and people, and our vision is to have a quality life, in the Alps, on all levels.
We are here to keep the red line of sustainable development in the region of the Alps. We try to encourage good practice examples and restrict those, who are contrary to environment and people’s quality of life.
Our focal point is sustainable mobility. This is an important area which covers health, nature protection, quality of living, consumption matters and urban planning. We have a few projects which have been going on for several years and we want them to continue. E.g. Timetables of public transport in the Alps, the day of the Alpine convention, Fire in the Alps, coalition for sustainable mobility...
CIPRA Slovenia has only individual members and is also the youngest of CIPRA’s national representatives, founded in the year 2000.