Istanbul (Turkey): view from the Galata Tower across the Golden Horn.
Sylt (Germany)
Córdoba (Spain): view of the Roman bridge across the river Guadalquivir.
Sylt (Germany)
Castle of Alaró (Mallorca, Spain)
Old bridge across the Guadalqivir river near Italica (Spain)
Sylt (Germany)
Roman amphitheatre in Italica near Sevilla (Spain)
Great Mezquita of Cordoba (Spain)

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EU Strategy for the
Alpine Region

Consultations are open until 15 October 2014

Brussels – 5 Aug. 2014 | From 16 July to 15 October 2014 the public consultation on the up-coming Strategy for the Alpine Region is open. The European Union welcomes contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities. CIVILSCAPE calls stakeholders from the civil society to participate to this cosultation. Furthermore CIVILSCAPE itself will participate in this consultation as a network of NGOs which are dedicated to landscape. We would like to encourage especially our member and partner organisations in the Alpine Region to come up with statements and suggestion that can be summarized in our statement.

The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region will involve 7 countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Switzerland. Beside Austria and Germany, all of these countries have signed the European Landscape Convention. While landscape means the whole territory with all different aspects, the ELC could ensure that citizens have a say on landscape management, planning and protection. This effective instrument to implement participation should be used also on a European level. This way the Strategy for the Alpine Region should use the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, which would provide a shared instrument to improve the vertical cooperation and integration in Europe.
It will build on the experiences of the already existing macro-regional strategies: the European Strategy for the Danube Region and the European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The Alpine region is one of the largest economic and productive regions in Europe where 70 million people live and work, as well as it is an attractive tourist destination for millions of guests every year. However, it faces several major challenges:

  1. Economic globalisation requiring the territory to distinguish itself as competitive and innovative
  2. Demographic trends characterised by ageing and new migration models
  3. Climate change and its foreseeable effects on the environment, biodiversity and living conditions of the inhabitants
  4. Energy challenge at the European and worldwide scales
  5. Its specific geographical position in Europe as a transit region but also as an area with unique geographical and natural features
Better cooperation between the regions and States is needed to tackle those challenges.

The European Commision expect that the main added value of the Strategy for the Alpine Region will consist in a new relationship between metropolitan, peri-mountain, and mountain areas. Therefore metropolitan, peri-mountain and mountain landscapes are considered to be involved in this up-coming strategy.

According to the political resolution adopted by the representatives of the 7 Alpine States and 15 Alpine Regions in Grenoble in October 2013, the new strategy will focus on the following 3 thematic priorities:

  • Competitiveness and Innovation
  • Environmentally friendly mobility
  • Sustainable management of energy, natural and cultural resources

What does it mean in terms of legislation, formal structures and funding?

The debate comes at a crucial stage of the negotiations for the future programmes 2014-2020. Member States and regions should ensure that the Alpine Strategy is properly embedded in the future generation of programmes under EU regional policy 2014-2020, as well as other relevant EU, regional and national policy frameworks.

As for the implementation, the Strategy will be based on the key principles applied for the existing macro-regional strategies: no new EU funds, no additional EU formal structures and no EU legislation, while relying on a coordinated approach, synergy effects and a more effective use of existing EU funds and other financial instruments. The aim is to produce a clear added value based on jointly identified objectives.

During the consultation process it is therefore essential to outline how the implementation of the European Landscape Convention with their main fields of landscape planning, management and protection is linked to the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region and the later implementation.
In this way our statements should on the one hand show how the different activities are in line with the strategy. On the other hand it should be outlined where fundings could be used for certain landscape projects. These will include a wide range of potential activities which are necessary to meet the above mentioned challenges and take the priorities of the strategy in account.

Last year the EU Commision has stressed the need of participatory processes on all administrative levels. Planning processes will need a new approach where the starting questions must be what the perception of the citizens of their landscape is and how for example the different manifestations of the on-going energy transitions could fit in this context. This will change the way of public dialogue on the planning and management of landscape.

Roadmap for the strategy

Consultation Process

July 2014: On-line public general consultation

September 2014 : Per pillar consultation

November 2014: Conference to present the results of consultations and assess the state of the art of the Strategy

Action Plan

January 2015

Impact assessment

January 2015


March 2015

Adoption by the Commission

June 2015

Adoption by the Council

Autumn 2015 (provisional)               

Kick-off conference adopting the Strategy

Autumn 2015

Alpine Landscape Forum 2014

CIVILSCAPE join forces with regional and national stakeholders to organise a number of ‘Landscape Forums’. These events will gather stakeholders from trans-national regions in order to foster the exchange about experiences and best-practises. The events will fuel a European wide debate with the aim that people have a say on their landscapes. After organising the first Alpine Landscape Forum in 2013, we will organize the second Alpine Landscape Forum in Biella, Piedmont region (IT), on 14-15 November 2014. On the first day we are planning to focus on the EU Stratgey for the Alpine Region and how this is linked to the activities on the ground.


Further Information

Dirk Gotzmann
Adenauerallee 68
53113 Bonn
Tel.: +49 (228) 299711-00 or -01
Fax: +49 (228) 299711-09


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You are welcome to support us in our efforts to translate the CivilScape web site to different languages.