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Integration of recreation and tourism concerns in Natura 2000 management planning processes to support sustainability in the alpine area



Lead Partner

Institute of Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences

Lead Partner Country


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01/2005 - 12/2006

Date of Approval


Approx. Total Budget in €

914.124 €

ERDF in €

484.570 €

Project Summary

The Alpine region contains a large number of valuable habitats and rare species of European interest, which are protected in Natura 2000 sites. They also host plenty of tourist destinations of European significance. Therefore tourist businesses are concerned that future development options may be severely limited and the recreational use of the landscape may be restricted, and that lack of information may lead to unjustified regulations. One crucial component for solving conflicts in Natura 2000 sites are management plans. This project will develop a management framework specific for sites with intensive tourism use. It will be developed and tested in several sites, and rely on comparative and standardised visitor monitoring methods, and appropriate forms of public participation that take the unique situations of tourist businesses into consideration. The project will also initiate a network of Natura 2000 sites and tourism destinations to share experiences and management options.

Project Objectives

By comparing guidelines and working tools for the management planning process in several countries, the project AlpNaTour will contribute to the exchange of experiences and knowledge about the management planning process in the alpine space. As to the consideration of recreational and tourist use, several monitoring and surveying methods will be tested in the study sites to evaluate their efficacy and efficiency. Another main focus of the project is dedicated to the planning methodology, especially public participation processes. Adapted to regional circumstances, an appropriate approach for participation is going to be developed. Furthermore, transnational recommendations will be acquired which deal with the basic economic and social conditions in protected areas. Overall, AlpNaTour will contribute significantly to sustainable development in the Alpine Region and to a co-operative implementation of the directives of the European Union through the development of guidelines and checklists for the management planning process in Natura 2000 areas influenced by tourism and recreation.

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EU Project Partners

Company for Remote Sensing and Environmental Research (Germany)
European Academy Bolzano (Italy)
Institute of Surveying, Remote Sensing and Land Information, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (Austria)
Provincial Government of Lower Austria (Austria)
Slovenian Forestry Institute (Slovenia)

Non-EU Project Partners

Contact Person

Pröbstl, Ulrike

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