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.

Lisa Ellemunter
Role: Leader
Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention
Wolfger Mayrhofer
Role: Leader
Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention
Helmut Serro
Role: Leader
Representative of Carinthia
Office of the Carinthian Government, Department 8 – Environment, Water and Nature Protection
Paolo Angelini
Representative of Italy
Gianantonio Battistel
Representative of Trentino Alto Adige
Raimund Becher
Representative of Bavaria
Andrea Bianchini
Representative of Italy
Anton Dippold
Representative of Bavaria
Martha Dunbar
CIPRA International
Silvester Gaberšček
Representative of Slovenia
Dominique Giard
Representative of France
Andreas Gstöhl
Representative of Liechtenstein
Lenča Humerca Šolar
Representative of Slovenia
Maja Jelen
Representative of Slovenia
Ana Jurše
Representative of Slovenia
Roland Kals
Club Arc Alpin
Marjetka Kanjir
Representative of Slovenia
Stanislava Klemenčič Kosi
Representative of Slovenia
Silvester Kranjec
Representative of Slovenia
Michaela Künzl
Representative of Bavaria
Gerhard Kuschnig
Representative of Vienna
Spela Ledinek Lozej
Representative of Slovenia
Cassiano Luminati
Representative of Switzerland
André Mallossek
Plattform Land South Tyrol
Irena Marš
Representative of Slovenia
Renata Meazza
Representative of Lombardy
Andrea Mugerle
Representative of Slovenia
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food
Dorothea Palenberg
blue! advancing european projects
Thomas Peham
Representative of Tyrol
Špela Petelin
Representative of Slovenia
Davide Pettenella
Representative of Veneto
Armin Schabus
Representative of Carinthia
Office of the Carinthian Government Department 1, Unit for European and international Affairs
Jochen Schlamberger
Representative of Carinthia
Christian Seidenberger
Representative of Carinthia
Benedetta Sevi
Representative of Lombardy
Elisabeth Sötz
Iris Speiser
Representative of Carinthia
Christian Steiner
Representative of Lower Austria
Désirée Stofner
Representative of Economic Chamber Tyrol
Luka Štravs
Representative of Slovenia
Thomas Streifeneder
European Academy Bolzano/Bozen
Robert Unglaub
Alliance Alpine Convention Carinthia
Laura Viganò
Representative of Italy
Grega Voglar
Representative of Slovenia


Giacomo Luciani
European Commission
Primož Skrt
Representative of Slovenia
Alpine Space Programme



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2nd Forum on Dual Education in the Alpine Region

09/11/2018 - 09:30
Event type: 1st Thematic Policy Area meeting

The second forum on dual training will take place in collaboration with the Ausbilderforum of Innsbruck in Telfs  (Tyrol) at the company Thoeni Holding Gmbh.

This year's theme will be: "Shaping dual education together: empowering enterprises to educate".