The 13th Youth Parliament of the Alpine Convention takes place from 19 to 24 March 2018 at the II. gimnazija Maribor. The main theme is the conservation and protection of soil in the Alpine region, and sub-themes are agriculture, urban areas, rural areas and natural disasters. On 21 March 2018, the event “World Café – students meet politicians and experts” took place in the frame of the parliament. At this event, students from ten secondary schools from seven Alpine countries (Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France and Liechtenstein) were present, who, together with experts in this field, discussed the protection of soil in the Alpine region.
The event was also attended by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food (Tanja Strniša), Deputy Director General of the Directorate for Protection and Rescue of the Ministry of Defense (Branko Dervodel), Member of the National Assembly/Vice-President of the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Food (Simon Zajc), a representative of the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning (Helena Matoz), representatives of the Municipality of Maribor (Suzana Prajnc and Lidija Kodrič Vuk), a representative of the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps (CIPRA – Michael Hogenboom Kindle) and the Secretary General of the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention (Markus Reiterer).
The little less than a hundred participants of the event were also acquainted with the Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria, in which we encourage the strengthening of cross-border cooperation in various areas also in the Alpine region.
Pictures: Zala Šeško, NM