© Yannick Andrea / WWF-Switzerland

Policy Framework

The Alpine Convention

Pasterze Glacier lies in the Hohe Tauern mountain range of the Austrian Alps. © WWF
With the 1991 Alpine Convention, eight Alpine States and the European Union have committed themselves to the protection of the Alpine region. WWF supports the treaty as the most far-reaching concept to date for the sustainable development of the Alpine region.


Natura 2000 / Emerald Sites

Safiental, Grisons, Switzerland. FSC certified forest © WWF
In the Alps, the Natura 2000 and Emerald networks aim to protect important animal and plant species as well as their habitats. This is an important tool for WWF's conservation work in the Alps.