LUIGI PROJECT - 10 pilots showcase in six Alpine countries the potential of Green Infrastructure for strengthening rural-urban relationships by Alpine GI examples like orchard meadows

1st Feb 2021

The LUIGI project – an outcome of the work in EUSALP AG7 – synthesised in its recent report challenges and solution pathways for key Alpine Green Infrastructure. In total 10 pilot areas and 19 cases are described. The majority is focussing on orchard meadows, which offer a wide range of environmental, social, and economic benefits, yet face continued decline. In addition, the study of hedgerows, alley trees, and wetlands demonstrates how successful governance can lead to innovative mechanisms, tools, and products for valorising alpine GI through urban-rural partnerships.



The LUIGI project aims to strengthen the link between mountain ecosystems and urban centres at the foot of the Alps. The goal is also to recognise and to valorise the joint benefits deriving from a Green Infrastructure (GI) network between mountain/rural and urban areas as well as their potential for sustainable economic development, based on natural capital and ecosystem services that participate in assuring higher quality of life and better urban environments to people living in urban centres.

In the frame of work package 3 (WP3) a newly published report by the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf puts the focus on a sample of promising concepts across the Alpine countries. The scope of the report covers three aspects: First, it puts the selected pilot-regions from the six participating Alpine countries on display and summarizes their characteristics that gave reasoning for selection as LUIGI pilot region. Second, it collects the national status analysis of the selected sub-regional good practice (GP) areas. Third, a number of good practice areas is extracted and the variety of GI governance approaches is bootstrapped. Therefore, a comparative case study analysis framework has been applied and shortly outlined.

First ideas for solution pathways how to better address GI governance are outlined and lay the ground for educational activities, capacity building and exploring new value-chains.

Source: (Schrapp et al., 2020: 23)

Bibliography: Schrapp, L.; Hübner, R.; Rolf, W.; Czippán, K.; Blum, P.; Reinke, M. (2020). Green Infrastructure governance approaches in the Alpine Space – Status analysis in selected Alpine Metropolitan regions and case studies. D.3.1.1. of the Interreg Alpine Space project “LUIGI”.


In the next phase of the LUIGI project, an in-depth analysis will build upon all these first results. It will be conducted in different case studies involving stakeholders. The in-depth analysis aims to identify success and hindering factors within the governance mechanisms in order to ad-dress the identified challenges and innovative governance arrangements to overcome them.


Follow the progress in “your” LUIGI pilot and gain further information on the LUIGI project website of the Alpine Space Programme (ASP):

Green Infrastructure governance approaches in the Alpine Space – Status analysis in selected Alpine Metropolitan regions and case studies.