|Upper Rhine Valley proclaimed Landscape of the Year 2013/14|
Naturefriends take transboundary action for Sustainable Development
Regional development initiative by Naturefriends promotes transboundary sustainable tourism, nature and environmental education and civil society in the region
Photogallery from Wolgang Schultz
Vienna/Basel, April 17 | At the opening ceremony on April 13 in Basel (Switzerland), Manfred Pils, president of Naturefriends International, proclaimed the Upper-Rhine valley "Landscape of the Year 2013/14" and presented the objectives of Naturefriends' transboundary regional development initiative.
Landscapes of the Year – Bridges in Europe
Ever since 1989, Naturefriends, who number over 500,000 worldwide, have every two years singled out a cross-border, ecologically valuable European region for designation as Landscape of the Year. The idea is for Naturefriends to espouse the cause of Sustainable Development and cross-border exchange at each and every level within the Landscape of the Year. The project was awarded the UNWTO Ulysses Award for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism in 2012.
The “Landscape of the Year 2013/14 – the Upper-Rhine Valley” owes its designation to a regional development initiative of Naturefriends Germany (NFD), France (FFUTAN) and Switzerland (NFS), launched in cooperation with Naturefriends International (NFI) in its capacity as the movement’s umbrella organisation. It is placed under the patronage of the Upper Rhine Conference and the Swiss Federal President 2013, Federal councillor Ueli Maurer.
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