Sustainable development of alpine open spaces by enhancing spatial planning governance

About AlpPlan network

Through its coordinating and balancing function, spatial planning plays an important role in developing sustainable land use strategies and safeguarding open spaces for generations to come. However, since legal competencies and planning procedures are strongly anchored at different administrative levels, there is a need to better coordinate spatial planning approaches across borders between Alpine states and regions. Preserving ecological connectivity, adapting to climate change and managing transport are just a few examples that suggest increased transnational cooperation in the field of spatial planning.

The Interreg Alpine Space “OpenSpaceAlps” project and the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association (ARL) have joined forces in order to build a new network, based on the idea that especially approaches to open space planning should be developed and implemented across borders. The “AlpPlan” alpine spatial planning network aims to provide spatial and sectoral planning professionals, experts and decision-makers from all Alpine Space countries and regions with a platform for the transnational knowledge exchange of good practices and future solutions for sustainable land-use and spatial planning. The AlpPlan network will work in close cooperation with stakeholders among the existing transnational alpine cooperation framework, such as EUSALP and the Alpine Convention.

More information and results from the network are available at ARL website and ARL-s YouTube channel.

The planned activities of the AlpPlan network include:

-        annual conferences, which deal with current topics of alpine spatial development
-        workshops targeted at specific topics (e.g. international capacity building seminar for young professionals, scholars and advanced students on alpine open spaces)
-        elaboration, negotiation and signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in alpine spatial planning


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Become AlpPlan network member

As an official member of the network, you can take an active part in shaping the contents and processes. It also means that your travel costs for meetings and conferences are covered by the ARL. Of course, this does not imply any rigid obligations. You can contribute to the network in accordance with your available time resources.

To become an official network member, please contact

As a member of the AlpPlan Network you have the opportunity to:

  • exchange experiences with different experts
  • develop statements targeting politics and administration
  • develop together scientific contributions
  • participate in workshops and conferences

The ARL will cover travel expenses, accommodation, workshops, and the members of the Network work on an honorary basis.

The ARL will gladly inform you about ongoing activities in which you could possibly get involved or answer any questions that may arise!