The ALPINE TOWN OF THE YEAR award is given to towns which have made exceptional efforts for the realization of the Alpine Convention and for sustainable development . The Alpine Towns of the Year are members of the international association of the same name.
* 1 The Alpine Town of the Year Award * 2 Objectives
* 3 The Alpine Town of the Year Association
* 3.1 The Jury * 3.2 The General Assembly * 3.3 The Board * 3.4 The Consultant * 3.5 The Office
* 4 Projects
* 5 Cooperation
* 6 The Alpine Towns * 7 References * 8 External links
THE ALPINE TOWN OF THE YEAR AWARD
The honorary title
Alpine Town of the Year is awarded annually by the
general meeting of the association’s members at the recommendation
of a jury. The jury examines the projects and proposals of the
candidates on the basis of ecological, social and economic criteria.
Every town in the area covered by the
Alpine Convention can apply for
the award. The designated
Alpine Town of the Year organizes a workshop
during which its programme is presented at least six months before the
actual Alpine Town Year. During the Alpine Town Year, there will be at
least three international events, and two sustainable projects will be
realized. The award and the cooperation across linguistic and
geographical borders put the participating towns into the limelight,
give wide publicity to their efforts for sustainable development and
strengthen the links among the participating towns. The Alpine Town
Year can also stimulate the realization of projects: the Dobratsch
Nature Park in
The Alpine Town of the Year Association has five objectives:
* Strengthening awareness of the
THE ALPINE TOWN OF THE YEAR ASSOCIATION
The towns which have received the Alpine Town of the Year award cooperate in the association. The association has an office in Bad Reichenhall , Germany.
The jury examines the submissions and makes a recommendation on the next Alpine Town of the Year to the General Meeting. It provides the town with advice on substantive issues and receives the town’s final report. The jury consists of three representatives of Alpine-wide organizations. They are elected every two years by the General Meeting. The present members are Norbert Weixlbaumer (CIPRA International), Cristina Del Biaggio (University of Ginevra), Antonio Zambon (Community Network Alliance in the Alps ) and Gerhard Leeb (Pro Vita Alpina).
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The representatives of the Alpine Towns of the Year meet twice a year in a different town. The General Assembly elects the Alpine Town of the Year, the jury and the Board, and determines the overall orientation of the association’s activities. The General Association also serves as a personal communication platform among the towns, overcoming linguistic barriers.
The Board has three to five members - burgomasters or their
legitimate representatives. The Board is responsible for the
day-to-day activities of the association. Its present members are
Thierry Billet (president,
Every town designates a contact person or consultant who serves as the interface between the town, the other members and the association’s office. He or she is also responsible for the local realization of the association’s objectives.
The office is responsible for the association’s day-to-day activities; it has been run by CIPRA International since 2003. CIPRA has been represented on the jury since 1997.
Every Alpine town implements at least two local projects reflecting
the association’s objectives in its Alpine Town Year. These are
stored in an online data bank. In addition, any other projects are
regularly presented in the association’s newsletter, which appears
in four languages. The Alpine Town Association is a partner in the
Alpine Space Programme Alpstar. The project’s objective is to make
THE ALPINE CONVENTION
In 2008, the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention and the association signed a Memorandum of Understanding for continuous cooperation. The association has been an official observer with the Alpine Convention since 2011. As such, the association takes part in the meetings of the Permanent Commission and in the biennial Alpine Conference. The association has no voting rights but can submit its proposals directly to the policy makers of the participating countries.
THE MUNICIPAL NETWORK ALLIANCE IN THE ALPS
There is a regular exchange of information between the municipal
Alliance in the Alps and the association, for example during
the joint meetings of the Boards. In addition, there are towns which
are members of both networks, such as
The International Commission for the Protection of the
THE ALPINE TOWNS
YEAR LOCATION ALPINE STATE
* ^ Executive Board, Association Alpine Town of the Year * ^ Organigramm, Association Alpine Town of the Year * ^ , Association Alpine Town of the Year * ^ Jury, alpenstaedte.org * ^ Objectives, alpenstaedte.org * ^ Projects, alpenstaedte.org * ^ Infoservice, alpenstaedte.org * ^ PDF Memorandum of Understanding, alpenstaedte.org