EU Agricultural policies influence also agricultural practices in the Alps (Source: L. ULRICH).
Shifting Towards Rural Development Policies
Since some years, however, a shift towards a more comprehensive rural development policy is taking place. Support for rural development facilitates turning natural mountain handicaps into advantages and invigorating an economy based on natural resources within rural areas: maintaining jobs and businesses, promoting high-quality, geographically-identified products, and making the most of local resources.
Forestry policies reflect the inter-sectoral functions of forests (which have not only a productive, but also an environmental and recreational value). The specificities of mountain forests are addressed with explicit mountain forest strategies or a more or less co-ordinated set of measures relevant for mountain forests (click here to read more about Mountain Forests).