PlurAlps
Enhancing capacities for a pluralistic Alpine Space
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In Switzerland, teachers ease the connection between the families of newly arrived children and their Swiss schoolmates. In Vorarlberg, the multi-language information website Vorarlberg Finder helps refugees find the services they need to start a life in Austria. In Piemonte, a young migrant has been trained to build a mountain farm, revitalising agriculture in the Stura valley. These and the other 11 actions tested by PlurAlps in pilot areas made it easier for newcomers to access local ressources, start their life in the Alps and meet local people. These experiences can now inspire others while giving insights into how to set up successful and sustainable integration projects.

Factsheet

  • 2014 – 2020
  • Innovative
  • Increase options for low carbon mobility and transport
    • Group 3: To improve the adequacy of labour market, education and training in strategic sectors
    • Group 5: To connect people electronically and promote accessibility to public services
  • 11/2016
  • 10/2019
  • 2.699.979 EUR
  • 2.065.498 EUR

Partners

Regional Development Vorarlberg eGen (Lead partner)
  • Lead partner
  • Austria
  • Vorarlberg
  • Alberschwende
    CIPRA International Lab GmbH
    • Austria
    • Vorarlberg
    • Dornbirn
        Regional Development Agency Upper Styria East GmbH
        • Austria
        • Steiermark
        • Leoben
            Community Network Alliance in the Alps
            • Germany
            • Oberbayern
            • Übersee am Chiemsee
                European Academy of Bozen-Bolzano
                • Italy
                • Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen
                • Bolzano
                    Piedmont Region
                    • Italy
                    • Piemonte
                    • Torino
                        Franco Demarchi Foundation
                        • Italy
                        • Provincia Autonoma di Trento
                        • Trento
                            Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia
                            • Slovenia
                            • Zahodna Slovenia
                            • Ljubljana
                                Auvergne Rhone-Alps Region
                                • France
                                • Rhône-Alpes
                                • Lyon
                                    Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
                                    • Switzerland
                                    • ZentralSwitzerland
                                    • Luzern
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                                        Outcomes


                                        • Alpine Cooperation Potential - Practical cooperation potentials between alpine regions

                                          Strategy
                                          This report gives an overview and outlook on cooperation for a pluralist society in the Alpine area on an organizational level and from a thematic point of view.
                                          Building on the key findings and experiences gained in PlurAlps, this report gives an overview and outlook on cooperation for a pluralist society in the Alpine area on an organizational level and from a thematic point of view. The report is also available in German, Italian, French and Slovenian language on the project website (at the bottom of the page): https://www.alpine-space.eu/projects/pluralps/en/project-results/analysis

                                        • Handbook for the use of the Social Planning Instrument

                                          Tool
                                          The Social Planning Instrument (SPI) supports mid and long-term social planning to take the interests of both the local natives and the new residents into account.
                                          The Social Planning Instrument (SPI) supports mid and long-term social planning to take the interests of both the local natives and the new residents into account. The SPI encompasses the following parts: the process within the municipality, a questionnaire in the form of a user-friendly online tool, and a handbook. The prime focus of the SPI developed in PlurAlps lies on the following main questions: • What is the quality of life of immigrants and non-natives? How can their quality of life be improved? • Which services and provisions in the municipality foster a quick integration for all types of immigration – from internal to forced migration? The handbook is also available in German, Italian, French and Slovenian language on the project website: https://www.alpine-space.eu/projects/pluralps/en/project-results/social-planning-instrument

                                        • Action Plan

                                          Tool
                                          Seven pilots have defined an action plan with measures to improve the quality of life, from an immigrants´ perspective, based on the social planning instrument developed by the PlurAlps project.
                                          Seven pilots have defined an action plan with measures to improve the quality of life, from an immigrants´ perspective, based on the social planning instrument developed by the PlurAlps project. In two workshops with an extended working group ideas for improving the quality of life were collected on the basis of the results of the self-evaluation in the online tool. After that, the ideas were reformulated into measures. There was no public presentation of the action plan in any of the pilot communities. During the process instead, it turned out that the measures should first be intensively discussed in several working groups and political committees.

                                        • Enhancing capacities for a pluralistic Alpine Space: Innovation Toolbox

                                          Tool
                                          The experiences from the PlurAlps pilot projects are summarized in this toolbox. The goal is to share what has been learned, make processes transparent and inspire further ideas and projects in other reigons.
                                          The PlurAlps partners launched pilot projects in the fields of social integration, labour market integration and environmental and landscape conservation. Local or regional implementation partnerships were formed to involve different actors such as municipalities, SMEs, NGOs and other stakeholders. In total, more than 80 organisations and institutions in the six participating Alpine countries were involved in the implementation of the pilot projects. The experiences from the pilot projects are summarized in this toolbox. The goal is to share what has been learned, make processes transparent and inspire further ideas and projects in other reigons. The PlurAlps partners developed this toolbox as a useful resource for fostering pluralism as a key for local development in the Alpine Space.

                                        • Fostering pluralism as a key to local development in the Alpine Space

                                          Strategy
                                          The PlurAlps White Paper provides policy recommendations aimed at increasing the territorial attractiveness and social cohesion of the Alpine Region through innovative measures that foster pluralism and address migration.
                                          The PlurAlps White Paper provides policy recommendations aimed at increasing the territorial attractiveness and social cohesion of the Alpine Region through innovative measures that foster pluralism and address migration. The recommendations focus on municipal and inter-municipal levels of engagement. More specifically, they present approaches for public and civil society actors working at different levels (local, regional, national and transnational, including the business sector) that encourage social, cultural and economic innovation, and support pluralism and prosperity at a local level. These actions aim to create more inclusive labour markets and societies for all - locals and migrants - in line with the principles enshrined in the European Pillar of Social Rights. The report is also available in German, Italian, French and Slovenian language on the project website: https://www.alpine-space.eu/projects/pluralps/en/project-results/capacity-building-and-policy-advice

                                        • New offers and services for migrants

                                          Tool
                                          The PlurAlps project partners launched pilot projects in the fields of social integration, labour market integration and environmental and landscape management by migrants.
                                          The PlurAlps project partners launched pilot projects in the fields of social integration, labour market integration and environmental and landscape management by migrants. Local or regional implementation partnerships were formed which include all relevant stakeholders for the development of the new offers and services such as municipalities, SMEs, NGOs and other stakeholders. In total, in the six participating countries more than 80 organisations and institutions participated in implementing the pilot projects.