On 28th and 29th of April 2022 the Joint Event of the two Interreg Alpine Space projects LUIGI and OpenSpaceAlps took place in Wals (Salzburg) - hosted by the Salzburg Institute for Regional Planning and Housing (SIR). The event was dedicated to the conservation and use of green and open spaces and their ecosystem services. Through the joint exchange, synergies between the preservation of open spaces and their economic benefits were highlighted and relevant findings for the other project were passed on and discussed.

With short inspiring presentations, the speakers from both projects stimulated exciting discussions in the plenum on the topics of open space planning and valorisation of Green Infrastructure (GI).

Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) led a workshop in which they introduced key project results with local and regional applicability to regional stakeholders and sought from participants their experience and knowledge on how to reach further target groups. The participants discussed also the question of why protected open spaces are so important for regional value creation.

When participants from Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France travelled all the way to Salzburg, they could not miss out on typical regional experiences. So the programme included a guided walk to an orchard meadow and a farm shop, a brandy tasting in the Walser distillery and culinary delicacies with GI products prepared by Hotel Königgut.

The second day started with an interactive workshop where participants contributed their ideas on how to incorporate the recommendations and guidelines developed in both projects into the respective legal instruments of the individual Member States. Furthermore, the LUIGI webinar was presented. This video clearly explains different aspects of GI - including planning, management and business models - for different target groups.

The 2nd International Day of Orchard Meadows in the afternoon of 29th of April was also celebrated in accordance with the theme on the family farm "Rosenlehen" within the framework of a short excursion to Faistenau. The participants could learn interesting facts about the preservation of old fruit varieties, the grafting of trees and even about Pinzgauer goats in orchards and much more.
We would like to thank the Salzburg Association of Fruitgrowing and Horticulture for their valuable support and are very grateful for the active participation and excellent contributions of all project partners, which made the event a great success - both from a thematic point of view and for strengthening the project partnership.

More information about LUIGI: https://www.alpine-space.eu/projects/luigi/en/home
Supported by the European Regional Development Fund
The EU project LUIGI is co-financed by the Office of the Salzburg Provincial Government.

Written by Verena Rohringer & Manuela Brückler
Manuela Brückler
Salzburger Institut für Raumordnung und Wohnen
Schillerstrasse 25 /Stiege Nord
A-5020 SALZBURG – Austria
Phone +43 662 623455
Date: 02/05/2022