WIKIAlps

Countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland
Border(s): France-Italy-Monaco, France-Germany, France-Switzerland, Austria-Slovenia, Austria-Germany, Germany-Switzerland, Austria-Italy, Austria-Switzerland, Italy-Slovenia, Italy-Switzerland,
Territories:
Conference of the High Valleys, Alps-Mediterranean Euroregion, Mont-Blanc area, Arge Alp, Communauté de travail Alpe-Adria,
European programme(s):
Interreg IVB - Alpine Space
Topic(s):
- The environment, resources and waste
- Research and innovation
- Natural and rural areas
- ICT, postal services and telecommunications [fr]

Lead partner: European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano – EURAC (Italy)

The aim of the WIKIAlps project is to capitalise on selected projects on spatial development issues carried out in the Alpine Space Programming period 2007-2013 Concentrating on projects in the fields of “Inclusive growth” and “Resource efficiency and ecosystem management”, the project will highlight missing links and synergies as well as on unresolved contradictions between economic growth and environmental development. A partnership of seven institutions with wide-ranging expertise in spatial and sustainable development issues, coupled with the involvement of a large number of observers, ensure that major spatial development challenges will be tackled according to the current and future needs of the main stakeholders within the Alpine Space.

This information will feed a wiki, guidelines and recommendations providing easily accessible operative tools for policy makers, civil servants, researchers, entrepreneurs and the interested public. In particular, the wiki will offer ready-to-use information for spatial development policy planning, supporting political decision-makers and civil servants during their daily work. For this reason, the WIKIAlps project will promote further synergies and transnational governance on the basis of the knowledge and lessons learned from different EU projects.

Partners

  • Fondazione Montagna sicura (Italy)
  • Institut für Umweltplanung und Raumentwicklung (Germany)
  • National Research Institute in Sciences and Technology for Agriculture and Environment (France)
  • Znanstvenoraziskovalni center Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti, Geografski inštitut Antona Melika (Slovenia)
  • Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW), Institut für Interdisziplinäre Gebirgsforschung (IGF) (Austria)
  • Schweizerische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für die Berggebiete (Switzerland)

Project goals

  • Analysis of selected projects in the fields of “Inclusive growth” and “Resource efficiency and ecosystem management” from the Alpine Space 2007-2014 programming period.
  • Identification of missing links, not recognized synergies, unsolved contradictions among these projects and their results.
  • Capitalising on the results of these selected Alpine Space projects by analysing how spatial development processes are considered by former Alpine Space projects and how the results of these projects can support the development of a transnational governance in view of a macro-regional strategy for the Alps.
  • Setup of a WIKIAlps wiki reorganising selected project outcomes in order to provide rapidly operative information ready-to-use for spatial development policy design. 
  • Creation of a discussion platform on the topic of “spatial development”.
  •  Provide recommendations to major stakeholders (policy makers and civil servants at different administrative levels) as well as to researchers and entrepreneurs on the methodology for the analysis and transferability of project results and on the question of integrating and using WIKIAlps project results in transnational spatial development policy design.

Project activities

The main results of the WIKIAlps project are a series of tools providing operative information around Alpine spatial development that aim at supporting stakeholders involved in Alpine spatial development during their daily work.  

  • WIKIAlps - www.wikialps.eu: The project's wiki provides - together with an integrated database - direct access to information about Alpine spatial development seen from different perspectives;
  • Four WIKIAlps mini guides;
  • Practical recommendations for stakeholders, observers, policy makers, civil servants, researchers and entrepreneurs.

Project duration

2013-2014