Transitions to Sustainable Ski Tourism in the Alps of Tomorrow

Funding: Interreg Alpine Space programme (European Regional Development Fund): Total eligible costs: € 2,241,166.60; ERDF grant: € 1,606,818.01; ÖAW/IGF share: € 307,420.40

Duration: November 2022–October 2025

Lead partner: National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, France

Coordinator: Andreas Haller

Project team: Annemarie Polderman, Valerie Braun, Kati Heinrich, N.N.

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Nowadays, stakeholders in mountain resort towns of the European Alps face a common challenge in coping with climate change effects on the socio-economic fabric, while often feeling isolated and poorly supported by public authorities due to a lack of frame of reference for action. Given the strong dependence of the winter tourism industry on climatic conditions and taking into account the effects climate change is having on mountains, the TranStat project aims to facilitate the adoption of co-constructed transition processes in mountain resorts, understood as ski resorts and their territory. It aims to promote the implementation of new touristic, economic, social, and environmental development models to enhance a lively future in Alpine mountain areas.

TranStat will address this overall issue through the development of a physical and digital network of resorts in transition to promote the sharing of knowledge and experience and reduce the isolation of resort managers and local stakeholders. This original project will bring academics and other stakeholders, including citizens, to work together through Living Labs in a participatory approach in order to identify the challenges to be addressed, and to elaborate scenarios and coconstructed solutions. In each Living Lab, we will build future development scenarios based on economic evaluation, ecological and nature-based solutions, social behaviour analysis, and climate change monitoring, and implement and test solutions. We will also create new tools and methodologies that would address the needs of mountain resort towns in transition as well as reproducible processes of transition for other mountain regions.

Having a holistic vision of the Alps, this transnational project will propose policy briefs at local and at Alpine scale. It will support the adoption of policies at regional and national levels to foster the implementation of transition processes in order to integrate economic diversification, quality of life, and human well-being.

Partnership:

  • National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (FR) (lead partner)
  • University of Grenoble Alps (FR) (workpackage leader)
  • Regional Council of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (FR)
  • University of Milan (IT)
  • Lombardy Region (IT)
  • Austrian Academy of Sciences (AT) (workpackage leader)
  • alpS Gmbh (AT)
  • ecoplus Alpin (AT)
  • Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SI) (workpackage leader)
  • Development Agency for Upper Gorenjska (SI)
  • University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons (CH)

This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme