Policies have an important influence on the future of the Alps (Source: L. ULRICH).
Situation and Challenges
Highlight the Impact of Policies and the Scope Available to Players
The Alpine development is challenged by several non-sustainable, environmentally or socially harmful development trends such as traffic growth or the imbalanced spatial development between booming valleys and depopulating mountain areas. But there is also a growing number of policy programmes aiming at sustainable development. We want to clarify which are relevant public policies for the Alps, what are the mechanisms of application, and how public policies respond to the trends and challenges. The main focus thereby lays on public policies relating to territorial development and pursuing sustainability aims.
Shape Policy Implementation in a Practical Way
The objectives of public policies, often directed towards sustainable development, must be distinguished from the way these policies are applied. Evaluations of political programmes and many scientific studies often include policy recommendations aimed at institutional decision makers as to how sustainable development might be better achieved.
There is a divide, then, between ambition and reality, between objectives or recommendations and their practical implementation. CIPRA wishes that existing knowledge should be better implemented, following the slogan:
From theoretical knowledge to the knowledge of action!