Alpine Programme Forum:




The Alpine Space in the future Cohesion Policy  

Michael Ralph, Office of the Director General, DG Regional Policy, European Commission


Coping with Demographic Change in the Alps – Different Impacts of a Megatrend 

Thought-provoking keynote introducing types of space and varying regional dynamics and implications

Andreas Koch, Head of Social Geography Research Group, University of Salzburg, Austria


Clustering Dimensions of Demographic Change: Challenges for the Alps

Experts provide key insights into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Alpine regions/communities. How are these changing the parameters for (regional/ local) policy-making, planning and management?  Which long-term scenarios are relevant to decision making today and what are the opportunities to address the challenges?  The presentations provide input to the afternoon workshops.

Dimension 1: Economic Centres & Peripheries 

Erik Gløersen, Researcher, University of Geneva, Switzerland & Senior Consultant, Spatial Foresight

Dimension 2:  Migration & Integration

Axel Borsdorf, Institute for Mountain Research: Man and Environment, Austrian Academy of Science

Dimension 3 : Public Services & Civil Engagement

Andrea Kdolsky, Former Minister of Health, Director for Health, Pricewaterhouse-Coopers (PwC), Austria


Workshop Series  

Practitioners in regional and local development facing specific dimensions of demographic change meet with experts engaged in projects dealing with possible solutions. 


1   Economic Centres & Peripheries

Disparities within small space. Shrinking areas vs. growing hubs, specific patterns in some areas, tourism, new business types, central development of small towns as service centres etc


Wolfgang Pfefferkorn, CIPRA international

Practitioner perspective:

Patrick Lacoste, Manager of Observation, Studies and Forecasting Office, Regional Council Provence Alpes-Côte d'Azur (F)

Project experience:

DEMOCHANGE: Demographic change in the Alps: adaptation strategies to spatial planning and regional development, focus on tourism

Alexander Veser, Faculty of Tourism , Munich University of Applied Sciences (D)

Alexander Schmid, Economic Business Agency Bad Tölz (D)

CAPACities: Competitiveness Actions and Policies for Alpine Cities

Luisa Pedrazzini, DG Green network and landscape Lombardy Region (I)

INNOCITÉ: How to Improve Competitiveness of Small-Medium Cities under the Influence of Alpine Great Urban Centers

Helga Zodl, Association for Village-and Urban Renewal in Lower Austria (A)


2  Migration & Integration

New “alpiners” (emigrants/retired), marginalisation vs. integration, leisure & age, new business types, the role of education, work markets etc.


Pier Paolo Viazzo, Working group “Demography & Employment”  of the Alpine Convention

Practitioner / expert perspective:

Maurizio Dematteis, Journalist & Political Scientist, Dislivelli (I)

Prof. Ernst Steinicke, University Innsbruck (A)

Project experience:

PADIMA: Policies against depopulation in mountain areas

Federica Corrado, Researcher, Province of Turin -Dislivelli Association (I)

My Featured Space: Quality of life in rural regions of the future

Beatrice Bednar & Wolfgang Ressi, Environment Agency Klagenfurt, (A)

ALPTER: Terraced Landscapes of the Alpine Arc – the role of migrants

Prof. Mauro Varotto, Geography Department, University of Padova (I)

MigrAlp: Center on Migration for Services, Integration and Information

Roberta Medda-Windischer, Institute for Minority Rights, EURAC Research - European Academy of Bolzano (I)


3  Public Services & Civil Engagement

Role of family (women/men), civil society, new ways of life, social commitment, public “spaces” and services, new/more mobile/cross-border services, elderly and health, private services etc.


Thomas Egger, SAB – Swiss Centre for Mountain Regions

Practitioner / expert perspective:

Alberto Zanutto, Department in Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento (I)

Srna Mandič, Senior Researcher, University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Social Sciences (SI)

Project experience:

ACCESS: Improving accessibility of Services of General Interest. Organisational innovations in rural mountain areas

Laure Falempin, Rural Development & European Project Manager, Franche-Comté Region (F)

Pusemor: Public services in sparsely populated mountain regions- new needs and innovative strategies

Barbara Spehar, BSC Kranj, The Regional Development Agency Gorenjska (SI)

ALIAS: Alpine hospitals networking for improved access to telemedicine services

Roberto Zuffada & Natalia Allegretti, Consultants, Lombardy Region - DG Health (I)


A snapshot of Workshops Results

Interview with workshop facilitators

WS 1: Wolfgang Pfefferkorn, CIPRA international 

 WS 2: Pier Paolo Viazzo, Working group “Demography & Employment”  of the Alpine Convention

 WS 3: Thomas Egger, SAB – Swiss Centre for Mountain Regions


Shaping Policies – Towards an Integrated Regional Development

Transfer of workshop results: What can we learn from current approaches and what is the contribution of (Alpine) organisations, projects and EU programmes? Are there practical starting points for key actors in the programme related to the different dimensions of demographic change? What are the most relevant actions for the future to tackle the different dimensions of demographic change? Are there project ideas emerging out of the discussion so far?

An interactive session with a structured discussion

Patrick Lacoste, Manager of Observation, Studies and Forecasting Office, Regional Council Provence Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

Marco Onida, Secretary General, Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention

Luisa Pedrazzini, CAPACities project, DG Green network and landscape Lombardy Region (I)

Georg Schadt, Federal Chancellery & Chair of the Programme Committee for the Alpine Space Programme, Austria

Christian Salletmaier, Managing Authority, Alpine Space Programme