A cross-disciplinary, transnational and participative approach to Alpine food cultural heritage

Bauges Regional Natural Park

Bauges Regional Natural Park (Parc naturel régional du Massif des Bauges, FR) is one of the massifs belonging to the subalpine chain and located in the Western Alps.

It is located in the northern western Alps, close to Italy and Switzerland, 50 km south of Geneva and north of Grenoble, 80 km east of Lyon and west of the western Italian Border. Bauges Regional Natural Park is a well defined rural territory with 64 municipalites, 90.000 hectares, 70.000 inhabitants and 6 “gate towns”: Annecy, Aix les Bains, Chambéry, Albertville, Ugine and Rumilly. This territory has a Regional Natural Park since 1995.

Purpose of a Regional Natural Park is to promote the natural resources, human resources and cultural heritage by implementing an innovative and environmentally-friendly policy of land-use planning and economic, social and cultural development. The roles of a Regional Natural Park are:

  • to protect and manage natural resources, landscapes and cultural heritage;
  • to participate in land-use planning;
  • to foster economic and social development;
  • to provide education and information;
  • to encourage experimentation.

Bauges Natural Park has several competences and experiences related to research projects on traditional knowledge and food practices: inventoring/safeguarding food-related heritage as Intangible Cultural Heritage, acknowledged as a worldwide reference of cultural diversity, social cohesion and sustenaible development based on a participatory approach with local NGOs, groups and people.

Bauges Natural Park is directly involved in AlpFoodway project with contributions in WP 2 (IDENTIFICATION OF BEST PRACTICES IN THE COLLECTIVE COMMERCIAL VALORISATION OF ALPINE FOOD INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE) and WP 4 (NETWORKING & AWARENESS). Bauges Natural Park also participates as a case study in the WP 3 (PILOT CASES BASED ON KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER). 

Check the AlpFoodway project page on the  Bauges Natural Park website


 Silvia Ala