Sustainable development of alpine open spaces by enhancing spatial planning governance

Alpswide strategy and governance planning

This WP aims for a planning tool at the European dimension of spatial planning – one of the most practical orientated aspects of territorial governance for the future development of Europe. The Alps are exposed to an intensive anthropogenic occupation and use mainly in favourable parts (from economic perspective) of their territory. This leads to a progressively densified urbanisation, monocultural land use and soil sealing in large parts of the Alps and its surroundings, while in higher areas (economically less attractive) abandoned/protected areas are more present – ensuring open spaces. Hence the challenge for biodiversity and human wellbeing mostly situated in lower and mid-altitude parts of the Alps. This WP ensures the alpswide and territorial dimension of the project, it completes the WPT1 with a summary of relevant related project results and integrates EU-policies (e.g. NATURA 2000; renewable energy policies) and approaches on territorial planning. It directly links to WPT4 including important wider strategies (e.g. relevant AC protocols and the participation in EUSALP AGs 6&7. An alpswide mapping activity ensures the elaboration - together with expert workshops (WS) and concrete planning experiences and strategies from pilot sites (WPT2) - of a pan-alpine landscape vision which in the future will facilitate planning and implementation of diverse policies beyond sectoral approaches. The elaboration of a MoC at an alpswide scale constitutes a technical tool between planners and decision makers for a better cooperation on an international level and will be a step towards the AlpPlanNetwork.