The search for economic well-being results in a low resilience to tipping points. In this scenario, Alpine towns have taken a high-risk strategic approach that fully focuses on further developing economic strengths in order to maximise local well-being. This strategy was launched to recover from unfavourable demographic and economic developments and centers around specific potentials of Alpine towns such as ‘amenity migration’, tourism and attracting wealthy people.
In the short term, it proves to be an economically successful approach. However, the strategy risks creating social tensions by increasing the imbalances between winners and losers, especially where it is hampered by external forces. The focus on the strongest potentials acts as stabiliser but ecological ambitions are isolated while the economy concentrates around the ‘strengths’. This creates vulnerability to tipping points and leaves uncertainty for the adaption to future developments.