development is a crucial issue in the
Alpine Space where economy, society and environment
have to coexist in a very confined space. Although this often raises transnational questions within the Alpine
it is usually regulated at either local, regional or national level. This poses a number
of challenges for coherent development in the Alpine Space and within the framework
of the European Union. In order to overcome national borders, some initiatives have been started in border regions such as the “Espace Mont-Blanc” between France, Italy and Switzerland or the “Euregio Bodensee” between Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. However, a challenge that remains is to coordinate national regulations and to bring together different stakeholders.
The results of former Alpine Space projects dealing with spatial-development issues provide innovative solutions for existing challenges in spatial development in the Alpine Space. The idea behind WIKIAlps is to capitalise on such projects by putting together, reorganising and communicating these results with a transnational perspective of spatial-development in order to stimulate the implementation of transnational approaches and the creation of synergies beyond national borders.
The Alps need common approaches in order to reach a sustainable development, as it is also required by the
Alpine Convention. WIKIAlps will try to help the people responsible to achieve this common approach.
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