International Conventions

The Alpine Convention

The Alpine Convention is an international agreement for the protection of the environment and for the advancement of sustainable development in the Alps, putting particular emphasis on the safeguarding of the economic and cultural interests of the local population in the signatory states. The Alpine Convention is the first internationally binding contract, regulating the sustainable development for a complete natural geographic region in Europe.

The eight implementation protocols of the Alpine Convention so far negotiated, and the additional protocol on the ‘settlement of disputes‘ became effective after the ratification in Liechtenstein, Austria and Germany on 18 December 2002.

The Convention on Biological Diversity

On the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was adopted.
This contract, binding under international law, regulates the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out from the utilisation of genetic resources.

So far the contract has been signed by 181 states and the EU, and was transferred into national legislation. Germany signed the contract in December 1993.

Our Expertise

Since 2000 Bosch & Partner have acted as consultant in the implementation process of the Alpine Convention and the CBD. The signing and ratification of internationally binding contracts usually actuates a long process of political discussion and technical specification with the major aim to develop precise strategies and action guidelines for the implementation of the requirements.

For this process we offer competent advisory services embracing our comprehensive experiences, both conceptionally and in terms of practical planning.

In a continuous process of more than four years and commissioned by the Federal Environmental Office we have supported an international working group, apppointed by the Alpine Conference,  on questions of the target discussion, identification of indicators and reporting for the implementation of the Alpine Convention. We also have consulted the German presidency on the solution of organisational and strategic problems.

Our research project on the interfaces of Alpine Convention and CBD (2002-2003), in close cooperation with the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC), immediately served the political consulting for the development of the working programme for the focal topic “Mountain Biodiversity“ of the CBD.


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