Action Group 6

To preserve and valorise natural resources, including water and cultural resources


One of the main features of the Alpine Region are its outstanding natural and cultural resources. The ways in which these resources have been transformed into economic assets have varied through history and had distinctive effects both on the Alpine environment and on the resources itself. There are also conflicts of interest between the elements to protect natural resources and their economic use. The overall mission of Action Group 6 is to provide valuable contributions to an Alpine strategic framework that allows the establishment of sustainable and balanced models of resource management and production. Thus Action Group 6 aims at preserving and sustainably valorizing the Alpine natural and cultural heritage to enable also future generations to enjoy the unique living space of the Alps.

3rd Thematic Policy Area
"Environment and Energy"

Specific Objectives

In the first three years of the implementation period of the EUSALP Action Plan Action Group 6 will focus on the following three significant sub-topics, dealt with in specific sub-groups:

  • “Spatial development and soil conservation” (sub-topic 1)

Soil is a scarce resource which is renewable only during several generations and at high costs. This applies especially to Alpine regions, where soil formation processes are particularly slow due to geological and climatic conditions. Spatial planning has to search for appropriate instruments to minimize or even to avoid the consumption of soils. Action Group 6 aims at collecting basic information on “reduced land take and soil protection” and on implementing regional awareness raising events on how to intelligently reduce land use and on soil protection.

  • “Future oriented farming and forestry” (sub-topic 2)

Action Group 6 aims at establishing a knowledge network to collect, develop and foster existing – and possibly initiate new - innovative and successful initiatives and activities for the promotion and marketing of food and forest products especially in urban areas, which are sustainably produced and processed in the EUSALP mountain and rural areas to maintain cultural and ecosystem services.

  • “Integrated and sustainable water management” (sub-topic 3)

The sustainable and integrated management of the water resources of the Alps is of outmost importance for Europe as a whole. Therefore the sustainability of the sector and its integrated management shall be promoted in the field of river restoration and sediment management through the implementation of the “green infrastructure” concept as a win-win strategy for the achievement of the objectives of both the EU Water Framework Directive and the EU Flood Directive. In the field of water-demand and supply management options for preventing potential conflicts among sectors and actors in case of peaks of demand and/or regional droughts shall be identified. Furthermore the horizontal and vertical dialogue between the relevant stakeholders shall be strengthened.

Wolfger Mayrhofer
Role: Leader
Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention
Helmut Serro
Role: Leader
Region: Carinthia
Lisa Ellemunter
Role: Leader
Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention
Paolo Angelini
Region: Italy
Gianantonio Battistel
Region: Trentino Alto Adige
Raimund Becher
Region: Bavaria
Andrea Bianchini
Region: Italy
Anton Dippold
Region: Bavaria
Martha Dunbar
CIPRA International
Silvester Gaberšček
Region: Slovenia
Dominique Giard
Region: France
Andreas Gstöhl
Region: Liechtenstein
Lenča Humerca Šolar
Region: Slovenia
Maja Jelen
Region: Slovenia
Ana Jurše
Region: Slovenia
Roland Kals
Club Arc Alpin
Marjetka Kanjir
Region: Slovenia
Stanislava Klemenčič Kosi
Region: Slovenia
Ignaz Knöbl
Region: Austria
Silvester Kranjec
Region: Slovenia
Michaela Künzl
Region: Bavaria
Gerhard Kuschnig
Region: Vienna
Spela Ledinek Lozej
Region: Slovenia
Cassiano Luminati
Region: Switzerland
André Mallossek
Plattform Land South Tyrol
Irena Marš
Region: Slovenia
Renata Meazza
Region: Lombardy
Andrea Mugerle
Region: Slovenia
Dorothea Palenberg
blue! advancing european projects
Thomas Peham
Region: Tyrol
Špela Petelin
Region: Slovenia
Davide Pettenella
Region: Veneto
Armin Schabus
Region: Carinthia
Jochen Schlamberger
Region: Carinthia
Christian Seidenberger
Region: Carinthia
Benedetta Sevi
Region: Lombardy
Elisabeth Sötz
Iris Speiser
Region: Carinthia
Christian Steiner
Region: Lower Austria
Désirée Stofner
Economic Chamber Tyrol
Luka Štravs
Region: Slovenia
Thomas Streifeneder
European Academy Bolzano/Bozen
Robert Unglaub
Alliance Alpine Convention Carinthia
Laura Viganò
Region: Italy
Grega Voglar
Region: Slovenia


Giacomo Luciani
European Commission
Primož Skrt
Region: Slovenia
Alpine Space Programme



Status: Active


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A – Cross-topic initiatives



5th Action Group 9 meeting

21/03/2018 - 09:00 to 18:00
Location Bolzano
Event type: Internal meeting

On 21st of March 2018, Action Group 9 will hold its 5th meeting in Bolzano. The meeting is organized together with the first workshop on the "EUSALP energy observatory".

EUSALP Energy Conference 2018

07/06/2018 - 09:00 to 18:00
Location: Innsbruck
Event type: EUSALP presentation event

On 7th of June 2018 EUSALP Action Group 9 will organize its annual EUSALP Energy Conference. A detailed programme will be published in March 2018.

6th Action Group 9 meeting

24/10/2018 - 09:00 to 18:00
Location: St. Gallen
Event type: Internal meeting

On 24th of October 2018, Action Group 9 will hold its 6th meeting in St. Gallen.