Alpine Agreement


The Alpine Convention is an agreement between different countries for the protection and sustainable development of the Alpine region. It was signed on 7 November 1991 in Salzburg (Austria) by Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the EU. Slovenia signed the Convention on 29 March 1993. Monaco became a Contracting Party on the basis of a separate Additional Protocol. The Convention entered into force on 6 March 1995. The Alpine Convention is an agreement under international law on the comprehensive protection and sustainable development of the Alps. It was created on the initiative and after a long preliminary work of CIPRA. The General Framework Agreement, which has in the meantime been ratified by all the Contracting Parties, is applied by the so-called implementing protocols. The implementing protocols are planned for twelve sectors and eight sectors have already been the subject of minutes: the first meeting of the countries concerned took place in Berchtesgaden in December 1989.

On the 7th, the framework agreement was signed by Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Slovenia signed on the 29th and Monaco on the 20th Ratification took place between 1994 and 1999. [15] Here is a brief overview of signatures and the status of ratifications:[16] The Convention covers all states crossed by the Alps: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia and Switzerland. The Alpine Convention itself comprises a territory of 43 regions, 5,800 municipalities and about 13 million inhabitants. The Alpine Convention is the world`s first international treaty protecting a mountainous region. It is unique in the definition of a mountainous region, regardless of national borders, as a functional geographical entity and as an important cultural and economic space facing common challenges. The Alpine Alliance contributes to the implementation of the Alpine Convention where politics is closest to people and where the individual can participate in conception: in the Community and in the region. Since 2003, the Alpine Convention has had a “permanent secretariat” based in Innsbruck. . . .

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