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Climate Change, Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in the Alpine Space



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03/2006 - 03/2008

Date of Approval


Approx. Total Budget in €

3.537.130 €

ERDF in €

1.713.830 €

Project Summary

“Climate change, impacts and adaptation strategies in the Alpine Space” is a strategic project with the aim to give concrete input to a future Alpine Space Programme based on conclusions about the type of climate changes in the Alpine Space and its potential effects. By a general assessment of historical climate changes and its impacts as well as by climate models, future scenarios and their effects on natural hazards, spatial development and key economic sectors (e.g. tourism, mobility, agriculture, forestry, settlements and industries) will be ascertained. Within four thematic Work Packages (besides obligatory WP 1-4) the project will cover different aspects of climate change in the Alpine Space and its surrounding lowlands. Strategic recommendations shall be laid down in a synthesis work package as an input to a follow up programme. They will give hints for improving relevant policies, instruments and administrative structures particularly in the area of risk prevention and spatial planning as well as other sectors.

Project Objectives

The Alps as relative densely populated mountains with several Metropolitan European Growth Areas (MEGAS) in the surrounding lowlands need a transnational strategy how to react on all kind of changes caused by climate change. The strategy consists of an evaluation and improved forecasting of climate change in the Alpine Space, improved monitoring systems for natural hazards with comparable results, an analysis of climate change effects for key economic sectors e.g. tourism, a common understanding in the field of spatial planning, development of sustainable spatial development strategies and finally common response strategies against natural hazards. All modules shall be treated in an integrated approach inter linking the work on each part from the start of the project.

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EU Project Partners

Agenzia Regionale Per la Protezione Ambientale del Piemonte (Italy)
Amt der Kärtner Landesregierung (Austria)
Amt der Niederöstereichischen Landesregierung (Austria)
Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung (Austria)
Autonome Provinz Bozen (Italy)
Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt (Germany)
Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Infrastruktur, Verkehr und Technologie (Germany)
Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde (Germany)
Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft (Austria)
Geološki zavod Slovenije (Slovenia)
Ministère de l’ écologie et du développement durable (France)
Ministero dell’Ambiente e delle Tutela del Territorio (Italy)
Région Rhône-Alpes (France)
Regione Autonoma Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Italy)
Regione Autonoma Valle d’Aosta (Italy)
Umweltbundesamt (Austria)
University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France)
Urbanisticni inštitut Republike Slovenije (Slovenia)

Non-EU Project Partners

Bundesamt für Wasser und Geologie (Switzerland)
Eidgenössisches Institut für Schnee- und Lawinenforschung (Switzerland)
Ministerium für Umwelt, Raum-, Land- und Waldwirtschaft (Liechtenstein)

Contact Person

Settles (Dr.), Erik

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