EUSALP is the macro-regional strategy for the Alpine Space. It provides opportunities to improve cross-border cooperation in the Alpine States and to tackle common challegens effectively. Nine transnational Action Groups are dealing with these challenges. Action Group 7 (AG 7) focuses on developing ecological connectivity and thus to strengthen, improve and restore biodiversity, as well as ecosystem services. Its implementation will increase the degree of connection between natural and semi-natural landscapes in the entire EUSALP territory.With its broad representation of members from Alpine countries and regions as well as advisors with different institutional and sectoral backgrounds, AG 7 builds on a dialogue including stakeholders from all relevant sectors. It aims at setting up a comprehensive macro-regional scheme by applying the EU Strategy for Green Infrastructure to regional scales and making the Alps an outstanding candidate for Green Infrastructure in Europe. AG 7 provides the framework for developing a strategically planned network of natural and semi-natural areas, including features in rural and urban areas, which together – functionally interconnected – ensure diverse advantages for nature, as well as social benefits and economic prosperity for humans.

After three years of cooperation, AG 7 seeks to develop a common vision for Green Infrastructure in the Alpine Space and for its future work. Furthermore, the members have to set up a work program for the phase 2020+. PLANVAL was mandated to support AG 7 in the frame of two Design Thinking workshops. With a bundle of methods from innovation management and co-creation, the contents for a vision were iterated in several cycles, and a range of ideas for for future action was generated and refined towards a measure plan. The workshops took place in Zurich and Salzburg.

More information on EUSALP Action Group 7 can be found here.

On behalf of
Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection
Role PLANVAL Facilitation, support of vision and work program development
Time 2019
Status Completed
Contact person
Thomas Probst


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