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fiori_rocciaAlthough in recent years the eastern cross-border area of the Alps lying between Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto and Carinthia has benefitted from funding, thereby somewhat attenuating the geographic disadvantages and economic gap with the hilly areas and plains, the area is not yet able to enjoy coordinated, systematic social and economic development. More specifically, the potential represented by the area’s wealth of natural heritage and landscapes, and the great many protected natural areas that are already structured and organised, are distinctly under-used.

The eastern Alpine area features territories that are similar in terms of orography, geology and natural value, with the presence of endemic species of plants and animals typical of a restricted area.

The area’s high natural value is shown by the inclusion of a great many Natura 2000 sites: Sites of Community Importance (SCIs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs), set up in accordance with Directives 92/43/EEC and 79/409/EEC, whose territory, in some cases, can be entirely superimposed over the protected natural areas, namely the nature parks and reserves.

It is a system of natural areas, partly organised into the Alpine Network of Protected Areas and the ‘Convention for the protection of the Alps’ which carries out and coordinates initiatives and studies on the protected territory of the Alpine area.

Within the nature parks and surrounding areas, there are structures for tourist use of sites, which, if duly managed and integrated with the tourism structures, can help encourage the social and economic eco-friendly development of the area.

However, those residing in these areas generally see the presence of a natural area as representing a limit to territorial development, rather than a tool by which to develop it that can integrate the protection of nature with the economic activities and social and cultural demands of the residents


Nel recente mese di ottobre si sono svolte le escursioni ad alcune delle aree protette coinvolte nel progetto nell’ambito dello scambio di buone pratiche previste dal WP4.

Di questa attività sono state protagoniste le scuole di Claut, Forni di Sopra, Forni di Sotto, Moggio Udinese, Resia, Venzone (Friuli Venezia Giulia), Auronzo, Lorenzago, Lozzo di Cadore (Veneto), Arnoldstein, St. Leonhard, e Pogöriach (Carinzia).

Queste hanno potuto conoscere le realtà e le attività dei Parchi naturali delle Prealpi Giulie e del Dobratsch confrontandole così con quelle delle aree protette presenti nei territori di provenienza.

Un’utile e stimolante esperienza per i circa 350 studenti ed i 20 insegnanti coinvolti ai quali si è anche provveduto a presentare, grazie alla collaborazione delle guide naturalistiche e del personale dei Parchi, il progetto fanAlp e le sue finalità.


24th and 25th March 2010 saw the second trip involved in the exchange of experiences in good practices concerning the protected areas of the territories of the fanALP project. This initiative involved a first day of activities at the Regional nature park of Prealip Giulie, and a second at that of Dolomiti Friulane. A hundred or so people attended the event from Carinzia and Veneto, who were thus able to meet and compare notes with the operators of the two regional Parks as well as with other parties such as the schools, who also help spread awareness of good practices in connection to the protected areas.


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