Sustainable development of alpine open spaces by enhancing spatial planning governance

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Through its coordinating and balancing function, spatial planning plays an important role in developing sustainable land use strategies and safeguarding open spaces for generations to come. However, since legal competencies and planning procedures are strongly anchored at different administrative levels, there is a need to better coordinate spatial planning approaches across borders between Alpine states and regions. Preserving ecological connectivity, adapting to climate change and managing transport are just a few examples that suggest increased transnational cooperation in the field of spatial planning.

The Interreg Alpine Space “OpenSpaceAlps” project and the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association (ARL) have joined forces in order to build a new network, based on the idea that especially approaches to open space planning should be developed and implemented across borders. The “AlpPlan” alpine spatial planning network aims to provide spatial and sectoral planning professionals, experts and decision-makers from all Alpine Space countries and regions with a platform for the transnational knowledge exchange of good practices and future solutions for sustainable land-use and spatial planning. The AlpPlan network will work in close cooperation with stakeholders among the existing transnational alpine cooperation framework, such as EUSALP and the Alpine Convention.

The planned activities of the AlpPlan network include:

-        annual conferences, which deal with current topics of alpine spatial development
-        workshops targeted at specific topics (e.g. international capacity building seminar for young professionals, scholars and advanced students on alpine open spaces)
-        elaboration, negotiation and signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in alpine spatial planning