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Convention on the Protection of the Alps (The Alpine Convention)
The Convention on the Protection of the Alps (The Alpine Convention) is an international agreement setting the framework for the sustainable development and protection of the Alps that entered into force in 1995. It constitutes the first international treaty protecting a mountain area. Contracting parties are the European Union and all the states of the Alps (Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia, and Switzerland). The Alpine Convention is accompanied by a set of protocols and declarations including specific measures implementing the principles laid down in the framework convention.