Sustainable development of alpine open spaces by enhancing spatial planning governance

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  • Project duration: September 2019 - June 2022
  • Project status: ongoing
  • Funding:
    Alpine Space 2014-2020 (EUTC /EU funding /Project)
  • Total project budget: €980,739.61

Near-natural open spaces are the basis of human well-being, biodiversity and the livelihood of future generations (i.e. all spaces outside of settlements free from modern technical development, extensive traffic, noise). These essential spaces are decreasing in the Alps due to raising human impact and landscape fragmentation. To maintain these open spaces, coherent transnational cooperation of spatial planning in the Alpine Space (AS) is highly necessary to avoid a race to the bottom regarding minimum standards. This fits the EU-goal of an alpswide network of near-natural areas as part of the EUStrategy on Green Infrastructure (GI) and the EU Urban Agenda. OpenSpaceAlps fosters sustainable development in the core AS and the EUSALP area by maintaining open spaces as part of the alpine GI. We strengthen the transnational multi-level spatial governance by improving the capacities of spatial planners e.g. integrating sectoral planning (e.g.nature conservation) and other stakeholders, through the exchange on approaches for open space maintenance.

Safeguarding Open Spaces in the Alpine region
Bartol B, Červek J, Fanjeau B, Humerca Šolar L, Job H, Klee A, Laner P, Lintzmeyer F, Meyer C, Novljan Z, Omizzolo A, Pedrazzini L, Plassmann G, Praper Gulič S, Schindelegger A, Vesely P, Vigneron S (2022)
Hannover: ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association
(Positionspapier aus der ARL)

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Priority criteria list for the preservation and safeguard of open spaces in the EUSALP area
Laner P, Clare J, Omizzolo A (2022)
(WPT2 - Local governance and implementation level.)

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Current governance and planning systems for open spaces in pilot sites
Laner P, Ranzoni M, Omizzolo A (2021)
Eurac Research, Interreg Alpine Space
(Local governance and implementation level)

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Wie Bodenverbauung die Landwirtschaft unter Druck setzt
Laner P (2021)

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Tutelare gli spazi aperti per valorizzare il paesaggio nelle Alpi: Riflessioni su criticità e buone pratiche emerse nel progetto Interreg AS OpenSpaceAlps - Open spaces in regional planning procedures
Laner P, Omizzolo A (2021)


Conditions for transferring local spatial planning approaches for open spaces to alpine and EUSALP areas
Laner P, Omizzolo A, Kollmann N (2021)
Bolzano/ Bozen: EU
(Local governance and implementation level)

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Pilot implementation strategies
Laner P, Clare J, Omizzolo A (2021)
(WPT2 - Local governance and implementation level)

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Report on cross-border case studies and workshops
Laner P, Omizzolo A (2021)
(WPT2 - Local governance and implementation level)

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Our partners

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

ALPARC - Le Réseau Alpin des Espaces Protégés

Salzburger Institut für Raumordnung und Wohnen

General Administration of the Free State of Bavaria

The Italian Federation of Parks and Nature Reserves

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