Sustainable development of alpine open spaces by enhancing spatial planning governance

For the improvement of planning processes and the harmonization of local governance and planning system approaches, a concrete interaction with local stakeholders is needed. This will take place within the framework of thematic workshops. Transnational workshops will be conducted in three cross border case study areas, that contain regional pilot sites, which will be of interest for local/ regional workshops:

  • the Mont Blanc region between Italy and France
  • the area around the National Parks Prealpi Giulie and Triglav at the national border between Italy and Slovenia
  • the Biosphere reserve Berchtesgadener Land and the Tennengau region (within the Federal State of Salzburg)


All the selected cross border case study areas are experienced with European cross-border projects and can refer to existing cross-border networks, which was one of the criteria for the selection. The Euregio Salzburg – Bechtesgaden installed technical working groups (dt. “Facharbeitsgruppen”), among which there is one for spatial planning and regional development. (dt. “Raumordnung und Regionalentwicklung”) ( Espace Mont-Blanc is a cooperation project among France, Italy and Switzerland (, which is a starting point for the establishment of a network for the activities in the WP2 of the OpenSpaceAlps project. The national parks Triglav and Prealpi Giulie and their municipalities at the national border are experienced in direct cross-border cooperation ( For the transnational workshop, also a part of Carinthia in Austrian will be considered.

Selected cross border case study areas and pilot sites

Cross-border case study area



Pilot sites

Responsible project partner

Berchtes-gadener Land -



Landkreis Berchtes-gadener Land

Biosphere reserve Berchtesgadener Land



Federal state of Salzburg

Tennengau/ District of Hallein


Prealpi Giulie  - Triglav



Friuli Venezia Giulia

Prealpi Giulie National Park.

Municipalities of Chiusaforte, Lusevera, Moggio Udinese, Resia, Resiutta, Venzone, and Taipana



Soča Valley

Zgornje Posočje/Upper Soča Valley region.

Municipalities of Bovec, Kobarid and Tolmin


Mont Blanc


Auvergne –Rhône Alpes

Mont Blanc region – Auvergne – Rhone Alpes

Municipalities of Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Les Contamines-Montjoie, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise, Montvalezan, Séez, Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Tignes



Aosta Valley/ Piedmont

Mont Blanc region – Upper Aosta Valley

Municipalities Courmayeur, Etroubles, La Salle, La Thuile, Morgex, Ollomont, Pré-Saint-Didier, Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses, Valgrisenche,

Additional municipalities for the GIS analysis:

Allein, Arvier, Aosta, Avise, Doues, Roisan, Boinaz, Introd, Oyace, Sarre, Gignod, Valpelline, Saint – Nicolas, Villeneuve, Saint – Pierre, Saint – Oyen


Berchtes-gadener Land - Tennengau

The Cross-border case study area Berchtesgadener Land – Tennengau lies in the surroundings of the city of Salzburg at the northern edges of the Alps. Berchtesgadener Land covers an area of 840km², Tennengau cover approximately 670 km². In general, this case study area is more densely populated than the other case study regions around Mont Blanc or Prealpi Giulie – Triglav. It is one of the most touristic areas in the Alpine Space.

Prealpi Giulie - Triglav

The area around the national park Prealpi Giulie is a low populated area. It covers 555 km² at the Italian side and 942 km² at the Slovenian side. Most of the municipalities belonging to it have less than 5.000 inhabitants, while at the Slovenian side in the Upper Soce Valley, municipalities have more than 3.000 inhabitants, with up to 11.000 inhabitants. Tourism is present, but the area is not one of the strongest tourist regions in the alpine region.

Mont Blanc

The Mont Blanc region is a mountainous region with very high altitudes that contains municipalities with up to 2.500 inhabitants on the Italian side, while the French pilot site consists also of municipalities with more than 5.000 inhabitants. The Italian side covers 1252 km², the French side 866 km². It is a touristic region with high numbers of tourist presences per inhabitants.