About “Alpine Towns”

On this blog, we will share interesting insights into the projects of the Swiss Presidency of the Alpine Convention and our partners around our focus “Alpine Towns”. We will also publish the project results of the Report on the State of the Alps “Alpine Towns” and the Territorial Agenda 2030 pilot “Climate action in Alpine towns” here at the end of 2022.

Our motivation: Alpine research, policy and funding instruments often focus on peripheral areas. Although in 2013 only 10% of the Alpine municipalities had more than 10,000 inhabitants, they are home to far more than one third of the Alpine population. Alpine towns are a link between peripheral regions and cities in the lowlands, a transport hub, an economic and social hub – and historically and culturally a source of identification. Towns are a key element for sustainable development: On the one hand, they are part of critical developments, and on the other hand, they have a large potential for finding solutions. This will help to pursue the goals of sustainable development, expressed in various international strategies in and beyond the Alps.

Our activities: The Swiss Presidency of the Alpine Convention and its partners want to strengthen the potential of Alpine towns through two projects. With the ninth Report on the State of the Alps “Alpine Towns”, we want to offer insights into these places, address their importance for the Alpine environment and develop new future development perspectives on a scientific basis. The second project “Climate action in Alpine towns”, a pilot action of the Territorial Agenda 2030, aims to promote climate action through spatial planning in direct cooperation with the municipalities and the local population.