Alpine Industrial Landscapes Transformation

trAILs - Alpine Industrial Landscapes Transformation

The decline of traditional heavy and manufacturing industry is occurring nowadays even in peripheral and less urbanized regions, such as the Alps. Here, in the so-called “green heart of Europe”, this process is leaving behind impressive former productive landscapes of relevant size and complexity: Alpine Industrial Landscapes (AILs). The potential value of AILs in terms of sustainable transformation is strongly connected to Alpine-wide ecological, economical and social key challenges, such as the regeneration/improvement of blue and green infrastructures, the reactivation/upgrade of regional economies and the promotion of local identity and cultural heritage. 

The project aims to generate significant knowledge about AILs and to develop and test sustainable transformation strategies applicable and replicable in the whole Alpine space. In a multidisciplinary, transnational approach the project combines expertise in the fields of spatial and landscape planning, socio-economic sciences and ecologic restoration while directly cooperating with local communities in four pilot sites in Austria (Eisenerz), Italy (Borgo San Dalmazzo), France (L’Argentière-la-Bessée) and Slovenia (Tržič). Through this process, the project will generate the following outputs: (a) AILs webGIS database covering the whole Alpine region, (b) assessment tool for evaluating AILs actual conditions, (c) test-design tool for evaluating AILs transformation potential and impacts, (d) AILs knowledge exchange, information and decision support platform, (e) AILs learning-module for training activities. 

The project will support local and regional stakeholders in the complex process of sustainable AILs transformation, providing them with strategic planning tools for the future as well as with useful hands-on experiences.