The Alps represent the most developed mountains in the world, and they are under an enormous pressure from different sides – agriculture, tourism, transport, exploitation of energy and resources, industry and military use.
At the same time the Alps are a European core region of landscape diversity and biodiversity which has to be protected, managed and carefully developed.
As a result, there are many areas of tension which have to be approached following the principles of sustainable development. Most of the problem areas need transboundary solutions – the Alpine Convention offers the framework for it.
The alpine associations as touristic users and at the same time traditional protectors of the Alps are situated in the middle of this area of tension. On the one hand they have to develop their own activities – tours, huts, trails, mobility – as environmentally friendly as possible, on the other hand they have to stand up for the protection of the alpine landscapes and habitats as well as for a concrete and comprehensible policy of environment at a higher ranking level, e. g. in the fields of climate protection and energy.
The commission of nature protection and alpine spacial planning carries on the technical exchange of knowledge between the single alpine associations, develops joint positions and strategies for the CAA regarding alpine issues of nature and environment, deals with the encouragement of the implementation of the Alpine Convention and realizes common tools, especially in the fields of information and raising awareness among mountaineers.
In 2019/2020, the CAA has taken over the coordination of a leaflet in all four Alpine languages + English, which will give hikers tips on how to behave when hiking in areas where bears live or roam, based on a leaflet from the Alpine Club South Tyrol. You can download the leaflet here and/or print it on both sides and fold it into a DIN long fold: Bear folder german, english, french, italian, slovenian
2021, a joint leaflet "Encounters with the Wolf" was completed under the coordination of the Austrian Alpine Association (ÖAV), which provides general orientation and recommendations with short texts and humorous drawings in order to contribute to safety in wolf encounters and in the presence of guard dogs. The leaflet is printed by the alpine associations as a Leporello and is available as a download and for self-printing on DIN A 4 as a DIN long leaflet.
Wolf folder german, english, french, italian, slovenian.
The annual meetings of 2020 and 2021 took place virtually, due to the Corona pandemic.
The commission has taken a lead in the development of a couple of CAA-Position papers.
Artifical snow making (2016)