Sustainable development of alpine open spaces by enhancing spatial planning governance

The direct target groups are public administrations and authorities, political bodies and decision makers in charge of spatial (and always integrating sectoral) planning in the Alpine Space on regional, national and transnational levels as well as from civil society (interest groups, NGOs, etc.). These target groups will benefit from the project outputs in several ways: First, the Memorandum of Cooperation raises awareness on the issue of open spaces, it improves the political back-up of preservation approaches, and it clarifies debates between different stakeholders by providing clear definitions. Second, they will be involved in the institutionalized transnational cooperation structures. Third, the actors can make full use of the planner’s handbook for open spaces, based on best-practice examples from all over the Alpine Space. Fourth, the experiences from the regional case studies about the process to maintain alpine open spaces could be highly useful for planners and other stakeholders.

Target group


local public authority Local spatial planning authorities are main drivers of cooperative processes for preserving open spaces at local level in the Alps. Planners in local authorities are one of the target groups for the planners’ handbook & AlpPlan Network.
regional public authority Regional authorities can create strong platforms and engage in facilitation of cross-municipal processes. They will be able to further apply all tools and approaches developed as well as appreciate the strategic recommendations and AlpPlanNetwork
national public authority National authorities create framework policies for open spaces. They are key institutions to be integrated in the governance and policy implementation foreseen by the project (as recipients of strategic recommendations and open space visualisation).
sectoral agency Agriculture, forestry, nature protection agencies as well as tourism and transport bodies are a main target group of the project, representing important land users, owners and stewards in our case study areas with capacity to improve alpine open spaces.
interest groups including NGOs Users of (multifunctional) landscapes are often organised as interest groups. Associations/NGOS are relevant partners to engage in nature and heritage protection and landscape development and represent important target groups.
higher education and research Integrated approaches for open space protection should both be available for future planners and currently active professionals. They are addressed by advanced training and capacity building measures, and an ongoing information by the AlpPlan Network
International organisation under national law The multi-national organisations are the Alpine Convention (its working bodies), EUSALP (all Action Groups, AG6&7 in particular) and the EU COM. All of them will be involved by regular information (via observers/directly) and invited to project events
other existing professionals networks (e.g. ARL, ISCAR)