The cross-border project «MoVe» (short for "mobility velo" and from the word "move"), organised by the Swiss Presidency of the Alpine Convention, links environmental education with climate-friendly mobility. The aim is to sensitise children and young people to the importance of alpine ecosystems and to sustainable mobility in the Alps. In the pilot edition in the summer of 2021, eighty children and young people hopped on their bikes and rode along the Inn in three stages in the Engadine, Tyrol and Bavaria. In summer 2022, the project took place along two more Alpine rivers.
Environmental education alongside three Alpine rivers in the summer of 2022
In the summer of 2022, in addition to the Inn, two tours took place on the Alpine Rhine and the Lech. The tour along the Alpine Rhine started in Landquart (CH) and led via Vaduz and Ruggell (FL) to Lustenau (AT). The tour along the Lech led participants through the vibrant Lech valley. Moreover, the route along the Inn from Innsbruck (AT) to Rosenheim (DE) was explored. During the tours, local experts worked on aspects of river ecology with the participants in a playful way. A start event for all participants took place on 23 July at the triple watershed on the Lunghin Pass.
The tours through the four Alpine states emphasise the importance of cross-border cooperation in the protection of Alpine rivers. After all, the effects of climate change and the loss of biodiversity do not stop at borders. The Swiss Presidency of the Alpine Convention promotes the exchange on these issues. In doing so, it also wants to involve young people who will shape the Alpine region today and in the future.
First edition of MoVe in 2021
From Samedan to San Niclà (CH), from the Swiss-Austrian border to Innsbruck (AT) and from Altötting (DE) to Passau (DE): these are the three stages that the young participants of the «MoVe INN now» project have covered in groups. A wide variety of activities awaited them on the way: a beaver excursion, a visit to the mill in Ftan, nature conservation work in the protected area Milser Au or a visit to a nature-friendly river power plant on the Inn. In addition, games, fun and sport for the children and young people were not neglected.