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The PDF also contains the detailed programme of the Alpine Convention Biodiversity Conference (12 June) organized by the Slovenian Presidency of the Alpine Convention.




Welcome, Introduction and Keynote speakers


Welcome & Introduction

Jarez Nared
Valerie Braun


Keynote 1: Kurt Hanselmann: title TBC 


Keynote 2: Špela Čonč: Linking bio- and geodiversity: importance of landforms for the ecology and conservation of the Eurasion Lynx (Lynx lynx)


Coffee break


Interactive parallel sessions I-II-III-IV

Session I: Grazing/Alpine pastures

  • Bacterial and fungal diversity of Alpine pastures
    Giulio Galla, Nadine Praeg, Theresa Rzehak, Matthias Scholz, Filippo Colla, Julia Seeber, Paul Illmer, Heidi C. Hauffe
  • Plant communities of mountain pastures in the Berchtesgaden region
    Christina Hartung, Bernd Panassiti, Jörg Ewald
  • Climate change effects on agronomic performance and biodiversity in Alpine pastures
    Bernd Panassiti, Jörg Ewald, Martina Hofmann, Christina Hartung, Sebastian König & Sebastian Seibold
  • Vegetation dynamics since 1953 in a part of the Stelvio National Park (Italy)
    Katharina Ramskogler, Lèon Lepesant, Erich Tasser

Session II: Tourism

  • Culture-based tourism to balance the risks of environmental impact on Alpine rural areas
    Stefania Cerutti, Andrea Cottini
  • PEMS: People experience of mountain soundscapes
    Balandino Di Donato, Iain McGregor
  • Overtourism or inadequate dispersal – applicative testing of a new monitoring method in Bohinj Lake area, Slovenia
    Pija Lapajne, Matevž Premelč, Klemen Strmšnik, Aleksandra Krajnc, Matjaž Harmel
  • The development of ecotourism and biodiversity conservation in the Albanian Alps
    Mirela Tase, Manjola Xhaferri

Session III: Biodiversity I

  • AtlasFloraAlpina – a new flora online-atlas for the entire Alpine arc
    Stefan Eggenberg, Sylvain Abdulhak, Alessio Bertolli, Jörg Ewald, Philippe Juillerat, Adrian Möhl, Brigitte Marazzi, Filippo Prosser, Branko Vreš, Thomas Wilhalm
  • Eastern Alpine Basophilic Scots Pine and Black Pine Forests in Triglav National Park, Slovenia: Distribution, Vegetation, and Stand Characteristics
    Matija Klopčič, Andreja Neve Repe, Matjaž Guček, Andrej Rozman, Valerija Babij, Aleš Poljanec
  • The Long-Term Biodiversity Index (LBI) – A new tool for monitoring and planning the restoration of abandoned mining areas and landfills
    Tobias Köstl, Hanns Kirchmeir
  • Life history and conservation: learning lessons from an isolated population of a highly threatened plant species
    Brigitte Marazzi, Antoine Jousson, Sofia Mangili

Session IV: Workshop TBA


Lunch break


Interactive parallel sessions V-VI-VII-VIII

Session V: Spatial planning

  • Alpine Spatial Planning Perspectives: Green infrastructure, energy and spatial development
    Dominik Bertram, Tobias Chilla, Markus Lambracht
  • A tailored and trans-scalar approach to face the Alpine region challenges
    Luisa Pedrazzini
  • Planning without planning: Do renewable energy projects endanger open spaces in the Alps while undermining spatial planning frameworks?
    Marco Pütz, Arthur Schindelegger, Hubert Job, Constantin Meyer
  • Monitoring tourism flow to high-altitude mountain and protected areas in the Alps: A cartographic and spatio-market planning methodology
    Ahmed Shams
  • Climate change and the Alpine quality of life: Questioning the status quo of spatial planning in the Alps and its functionality to tackle long-term water security
    Kerstin Ströbel

Session VI: New technologies

  • Unlocking Nature’s Secrets – Digital Twins, eDNA and AI in nature conservation – A glimpse into the BioMONITec Project
    Vanessa Berger
  • Remote sensing for monitoring restoration efforts in Alpine areas
    Manuela Hirschmugl, Florian Lippl, Petra Miletich, Corinna Hecke, Larissa Posch, Hanns Kirchmeir
  • Conceptualizing the management of conservation areas: The launch of IPAM Toolbox 2.0
    Michael Jungmeier, Vanessa Berger, Hanns Kirchmeir, Dariia Strelnikova
  • Digital Trails: Harnessing Outdoor and Fitness App Data for Sustainable Tourism Management in Sensitive Ecosystems
    Lilia Schmalzl, Isidoro de Bortoli, Karolina Taczanowska
  • Datafication in outdoor recreation and tourism – emerging potential of Big Data for sustainable management of nature trails in context of bio- and geodiversity
    Karolina Taczanowska, Fruzsina Stefan, David Ganhör, Kamil Choromański, Dariusz Gotlib, Mariusz Ciesielski

Session VII: Biodiversity and culture / Historic changes

  • Long-term changes in bio/geodiversity of Julian Alps – a consequence of climate fluctuations or human influence?
    Nina Caf, Maja Andrič
  • Landscape features as the cornerstones of landscape character, identity and biodiversity
    Nadja Penko Seidl, Barbara Kostanjšek, Mojca Golobič
  • Study Circles to reinforce existing values regarding biodiversity
    Daniela Ribeiro, Mateja Šmid Hribar, Patricija Rejec
  • Dynamics of ecosystem services in response to land use and climate change: A case study in the Italian Alps
    Clara Tattoni, Paolo Zatelli, Gianluca Grilli, Marco Ciolli
  • The Alps: Green or Colourful? From Early-Modern to Post-Modern Attitude to Meadows
    Žiga Zwitter

Session VIII: Water resources

  • Let’s go! Valorisation of spring habitats in an inner-Alpine region
    Angelika Abderhalden, Stefanie von Fumetti
  • Long-term research on springs and springbrooks the UNESCO Biosfera Engiadina Val Müstair
    Stefanie von Fumetti, Angelika Abderhalden
  • Warming alpine streams: differential vulnerabilities of aquatic invertebrates
    Georg H. Niedrist, Leopold Füreder
  • Increasing population trends of non-native fishes in rivers of the Eastern Alps
    Georg H. Niedrist, Andreas Hilpold, Petra Kranebitter
  • Mountain pasturing and quality of water sources in the Kamniško-Savinjske Alps
    Natalija Špeh, Anja Bubik 


Coffee break & Poster session


Interactive parallel sessions IX-X-XII

Session IX: Ecosystem services & connectivity

  • Post-glacial politics: the making of a climate opportunity in Switzerland
    Baruffa Chloé
  • Microplastics contamination in high mountain lakes – case of Triglav National Park
    Matej Kovač, Andrej Kržan, Irena Mrak
  • Priority ecological connectivity areas for spatial planning interventions – An in-depth analysis of a potential ecological network and of human barriers in the EUSALP area
    Peter Laner, Andrea Omizzolo, Filippo Favilli
  • Can the concept of ecosystem services help in the management of protected areas?
    Ilona Rac, Anže Japelj, Suzana Vurunić, Mateja Šmid Hribar
  • Finding open spaces: a consensus-based mapping for Swiss mountain regions
    Matteo Riva, Felix Kienast, Adrienne Grêt-Regamey

Session X: Geodiversity

  • Frost hollows as an element of mountain geodiversity
    Matej Ogrin, Domen Svetlin
  • Valuing geodiversity in Alpine environments: selected case studies from Slovenia
    Borut Stojilković

Session XI: Biodiversity II

  • Saving Dinaric – SE Alpine Lynx Population as contribution for lynx conservation in the Alps
    Rok Černe, Miha Krofel, Urša Fležar, Maja Sever, Tilen Hvala, Matej Bartol, Tomaž Skrbinšek, Miha Marenče, Lado Bradač, Aleš Pičulin, Maruša Prostor
  • Impact of hybridization on Lepus timidus and L. europaeus gut microbiota in the Italian Alps
    Lara Marinangeli, Giulio Galla, Barbara Crestanello, Nadine Praeg, Theresa Rzehak, Francesco Nonnis-Marzano, Julia Seeber, Paul Illmer, Heidi Christine Hauffe
  • Conservation and sustainable management of the Alpine ibex in the cross-border area of the Julian Alps
    Andreja Nève Repe, Andrej Arih, Marco Favalli, Maruša Prostor, Jernej Javornik, Aleš Poljanec
  • A century of rewilding affects mountain biodiversity at different spatial scales
    Sonja Wipf, Ruedi Haller, Stefanie Gubler
  • More than meets the eye: unravelling anthropic land use impacts on skin microbiota of an opportunistic amphibian species
    Lucia Zanovello, Giulio Galla, Matteo Girard, Stefano Casar, Irene Lo Prest, Paolo Pedrin, Giorgio Bertorelle, Heidi C. Hauffe


Report to the plenary, short reflections and conclusions

Closure of the conference

8:30-13:00 /

Forum Alpinum Excursion(s)
The registration form will enable you to choose between two excursions. A shorter one is headed to Radovna River valley, and the other, longer one is headed to the Soča River valley. The places on the bus are limited and a participation fee is required. Each of them combines a bus drive with short walks.


Radovna River valley

Itinerary (bus and short walks):

  • Zgornja Radovna: visit of the Pocar Homestead, short walk to the hummocky meadow;
  • Mojstrana: coffee break; Slovenian Alpine Museum in Mojstrana: visit of an Alpine Convention Site museum.

The Pocar Homestead is a museum-style house, which is considered as one of the oldest homesteads in the Triglav National Park. It also includes an information point, an exhibition and an event space. Pocar Homestead is a cultural monument of national importance. In 2006, the Triglav National Park received the Europa Nostra Diploma for the Pocar Homestead (European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage in the category of architectural heritage).  

The Slovenian Alpine Museum illustrates the development and the history of Slovene mountaineering, climbing and mountain rescue, interwoven with educational and conservational content. Its rich collection of historical objects and artefacts, diversity of photographic, film, book, and museum archives, and an extensive museum library, provide clear insights into the powerful, lasting impact of mountains and mountaineering on Slovene culture.

Price: 15-20 €.


Soča River valley

Itinerary (bus and short walks):

  • Stari Tamar (Old Tamar)- Šupca (vista)-the Source of the Soča River (short walk);
  • Trenta: coffee break; visit of the Dom Trenta (Triglav National Park Information Centre); short lunck break;
  • Soča River – the Great Gorge (short walk); Predil pass.

Stari Tamar – Šupca: is an area located along the Tamar River, which is a tributary of the Soča River. An area is attractive to visitors due to its historical significance and well-preserved nature. Šupca offers panoramic views of the Soča Valley and the Julian Alps.

The Dom Trenta is the cultural and social center of the sparsely populated village Trenta. It presents the cultural landscape, rich ethnological heritage, nature and past life in Trenta, as well as the peculiarities of the Triglav National Park.

Soča River – Great Gorge: also known as the «Emerald Beauty,» Soča River is renowned for its striking turquoise color, which is the result of the river’s unique limestone bed. It originates in the Trenta valley and flows through the picturesque Julian Alps, carving its way through the stunning landscapes of the Triglav National Park. The Great Gorge is a breathtaking natural wonder of the Soča River with its stunning depth and clear, emerald-green waters and with dramatic and picturesque landscape of surrounding rocks and cliffs.

Price: 35-40 €.