SPARE 
Strategic Planning for Alpine River Ecosystems – Integrating protection and development
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Overview

Rivers provide clean drinking water for human use and irrigation for agriculture, they are home to many organisms and their power helps us to produce energy. Nevertheless, they are also vulnerable ecosystems affected by conflicting human aims and lacking appropriate protection. The project SPARE aimed at sharing, adapting and capitalising strategic planning and river management experiences across different regions and governance levels. It contributed to a further harmonisation of human use requirements and protection needs. Nine project partners showed how strategic approaches for the protection and management of rivers could be improved across administrative and disciplinary borders. The project raised awareness about the multiple services provided by Alpine rivers, as well as about their vulnerability.

Factsheet

  • 2014 – 2020
  • Liveable
  • Enhance the protection, the conservation and the ecological connectivity of Alpine Space ecosystems
    • Group 6: To preserve and valorise natural resources, including water and cultural resources
  • 12/2015
  • 12/2018
  • 2.184.820 EUR
  • 1.669.521 EUR

Partners

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (Lead partner)
  • Lead partner
  • Austria
  • Wien
  • Wien
    Regional Agency for Environment Protection of Aosta Valley
    • Italy
    • Valle d'Aosta/Vallée d'Aoste
    • Saint christophe
        Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia
        • Slovenia
        • Zahodna Slovenia
        • Ljubljana
            French National Research Institute for Science & Technology for the Environment & Agriculture
            • France
            • Rhône-Alpes
            • Saint-Martin-d'Hères Cedex
                Regional Agency for Environmental Protection and Prevention of Veneto
                • Italy
                • Veneto
                • Padova
                    Office of the Upper Austrian Government
                    • Austria
                    • OberAustria
                    • Linz
                        River Drôme watershed local authority
                        • France
                        • Rhône-Alpes
                        • Saillans
                            International Commission for the Protection of the Alps
                            • Liechtenstein
                            • Liechtenstein
                            • Schaan
                                Foundation Pro Terra Engadine
                                • Switzerland
                                • OstSwitzerland
                                • Zernez
                                    • 48.236561416.3375091
                                    • 45.74000977.354646
                                    • 46.082374414.5140607
                                    • 46.6033541.8883335
                                    • 45.403206611.8845538
                                    • 48.29216309999999614.29077841102454
                                    • 44.69772515.197740031886857
                                    • 47.170340859.509509841847095
                                    • 46.697548610.0938884

                                    Outcomes


                                    • Final Publication (English)

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                                      The final publication summarizes the work of the SPARE (Strategic Planning for Alpine River Ecosystems) project in contributing to a further harmonization of human use requirements and protection needs.
                                      The project in a nutshell. The SPARE (Strategic Planning for Alpine River Ecosystems) project aims at contributing to a further harmonization of human use requirements and protection needs. Nine project partners from six Alpine countries show how strategic approaches for the protection and management of rivers can be improved across administrative and disciplinary borders, and promote awareness of the services provided by Alpine rivers, as well as their vulnerability.

                                    • Handbook to Integrated Water Management in the Alpine Region

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                                      The handbook provides basic information on what approach to take in implementing practices to comply with the principles of integrated water Management.
                                      The handbook lists the bases to understand the concept of integrated water management and key aspects to consider in order to correctly plan our own practice or to recognise practices in line with the concept of integrated water management in all the phases from the conception to the implementation in the space. Thus, it provides essential guidance and cases of good practices, including the guidelines on the areas requiring special attention when planning new activities, covering the phases from implementing policies and strategic planning to planning and implementation of particular projects

                                    • Presentation Video of the Spare Project

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                                      The aim of this video is to raise awareness of sustainable alpine river planning and management.
                                      SPARE (Strategic Planning for Alpine River Ecosystems) is an Alpine Space cooperation project aiming to integrate river protection and local development. The video has been produced to raise awareness of sustainable alpine river planning and management.

                                    • Maps, GIS Data and MOOCS

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                                      Find here the Maps and the GIS-Data, as well as the MOOCS developped during the SPARE project.
                                      Find here the Maps and the GIS-Data, as well as the MOOCS developped during the SPARE project.