Action Group 6

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

Mission

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
Lisa Ellemunter
Role: Leader
Helmut Serro
Role: Leader

Additional Representative contacts

Iris Speiser
Paolo Angelini
Gianantonio Battistel
Raimund Becher
Andrea Bianchini
Anton Dippold
Marion Ebster
Silvester Gaberšček
Andreas Gstöhl
Lenča Humerca Šolar
Maja Jelen
Ana Jurše
Roland Kals
Marjetka Kanjir
Stanislava Klemenčič Kosi
Silvester Kranjec
Michaela Künzl
Gerhard Kuschnig
Maria Agostina Lavagnino
Spela Ledinek Lozej
Cassiano Luminati
André Mallossek
Irena Marš
Helena Matoz
Katarina Mück
Andrea Mugerle
Dorothea Palenberg
Maria Luisa Pastore
Cinzia Pedrotti
Thomas Peham
Špela Petelin
Davide Pettenella
Mateja Ribnikar
Armin Schabus
Jochen Schlamberger
Josef Schrank
Christian Seidenberger
Benedetta Sevi
Elisabeth Sötz
Christian Steiner
Désirée Stofner
Luka Štravs
Thomas Streifeneder
Francesca Teston
Robert Unglaub
Laura Viganò
Grega Voglar
Bruno Ziglioli
Antonella Zucca
Katharina Zwettler

Observers

Giacomo Luciani
Giacomo Luciani
Primož Skrt
Larisa Stanciu

Projects

AlpGov

Jun 2016 to Dec 2019
100% Complete
100%

Impuls4Action

Aug 2019 to Jan 2021
46% Complete
46%

Next Generation - Moutain Farming 2030

Oct 2017 to Sep 2019
100% Complete
100%

AlpJobs

Jan 2018 to Feb 2020
100% Complete
100%

CirculAlps

Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
100% Complete
100%

Results

Political Declaration “Sustainable Land Use and Soil Protection”

Soils face specific challenges in the Alpine region, such as limited settlement areas and intensive land use in many of the valley floors, considerable pressure on sensitive ecosystems, tangible...

20 Nov 2018

Calendar

Moutain Forests and Climate Change in the Alps

Centre des Congrès, Aix-les-bains
02/04/2020 - 08:30 to 03/04/2020 - 16:00
Event type: EUSALP Public Event

*** THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ***

The new date will be communicated shortly.

Master-Class on Tourism Diversification during the Moutain Planet

Alpexpo, 2 Avenue d'Innsbruck, 38100 Grenoble
23/04/2020 - 09:00
Event type:
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Event on Moutain Biodiversity

Marseille
16/06/2020 - 14:00 to 17/06/2020 - 14:00
Event type: EUSALP Public Event

Event held on the sidelines of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, jointly organised by the EUSALP French presidency, the Alpine Convention French presidency and UNEP Vienna.