Perceptions of the Alps are often rural and not “urban”. However, around one third of its inhabitants live in densely populated alpine towns with unique characteristics. The Swiss Presidency of the Alpine Convention in 2021/2022 will develop a scientific report on the state and the territorial impact of these Alpine towns. With this project, the Swiss Presidency would like to complement some of the report’s findings with concrete actions. Additionally, the project will also be one of the six pilot actions of the Territorial Agenda 2030 of the European Union. Switzerland wishes to put Atelier Urbain – Climate Action in Alpine Towns at the core of the pilot project. This will connect the expertise of the Alpine Convention on climate with spatial development issues under the “green” priority of the Territorial Agenda and show that municipalities can start with low-threshold climate action now – with Alpine towns taking the lead. Switzerland would like to answer the following questions:
- How can we develop low-threshold climate action in spatial planning?
- How can we involve civil society more carefully in planning processes that relate to climate action?
- How does this involvement change the awareness of citizens for a healthy environment in their city? How does this affect the perception of quality of living?
- How should climate policies & strategies be adapted to this particular territory and culture? Could the Alps become a model region?