The state is stepping back and social structures are weakening: Citizens must take their affairs into their own hands and organise themselves to bring about decisions locally.
Adapted from DEBARBIEUX et al. (2006) and CIPRA (2007)
by Wolfgang Pfefferkorn, CIPRA International and Rosniak & Partner GmbH
Besides economic and ecological issues, social aspects play an important role in Alpine development. These social aspects are often neglected in projects and studies, which are focussing either more on economic or environmental questions. Therefore, "Future in the Alps" intended to pay special attention to social topics.
Large migration flows can cause conflicts in the social strata of the Alps. In this regard, local associations (culture, sport, etc.) as well as innovative projects play an important role in reanimating social contacts (Source: THOMAS ENDER, TALENTETAUSCHKREIS VORARLBERG).
The following initial questions have been asked by the expert team of CIPRA:
- What is it - other than economic and ecological aspects - that prompts people to stay in the Alps or to move to the Alps?
- How do the changes in the social cohesion affect sustainable development?
- How can we consolidate the governance capacity of individuals and communities?
To answer these questions, the huge developments regarding the population, politics, etc. over the last years have to be regarded.
Read more about Governance Capacity in CIPRA's alpKnowhow knowledge base.
DEBARBIEUX et al. (2006)
"Future in the Alps"-report on governance capacity, answering the following questions: What is it – other than economic and ecological aspects –that prompts people to stay in the Alps or to move to the Alps ? How can we consolidate the governance capacity of individuals and communities?
CIPRA Info 82 (2007)
The article on pages 10 to 13 summarise the outcomes of the "Future in the Alps" report mentioned above.
"Future in the Alps Workshop"
Link to a workshop on the future of public services povision in the Alpine area: Challenges, opportunities and success examples (in German).