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Jul 12, 2021

Pilot region Tiroler Lech Nature Park, Austria

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(c) Thomas Tetzner

Sensitive species such as shingle bank breeders – little ringed plovers and common sandpipers – are increasingly being disturbed and their nests trampled. The Tiroler Lech Nature Park therefore drew up a zoning plan and visitor guidance concept in 2020 that involved numerous stakeholders in a cooperative process, including tourism, mountain rescue, water sports and forestry. “We are now tackling the actual implementation of the catalogue of measures”, explains Eva-Maria Cattoen, coordinator of the pilot region. “For example, we are intensifying our successful communication and expanding our network of ambassadors. In this way, the most important information can reach visitors directly via the partner enterprises of the Tiroler Lech Nature Park."

Pilot region Steiner and Sanntaler Alps, Slovenia

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(c) Tomo Jeseničnik

Too many cars, too many people: on the southern edge of the Steiner and Sanntaler Alps in Slovenia, a cable car runs up to the pastureland settlement of Velika Planina, while cars clog the small village. Plans for a summer toboggan run and a zipline park were proposed without any prior public discussion, even though this ecologically sensitive high plateau is an important drinking water reservoir for the region. “We are at an important crossroads, but we must decide on the way forward together. We will organise meetings in the pilot region, face the challenges and outline holistic development proposals for specific areas”, explains Katarina Žakelj, regional coordinator of the pilot region.

Pilot region Balme Mountaineering Village, Italy

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(c) Gianni Castagneri

Balme, which recently became one of the first mountaineering villages in the Western Alps, is located in the Piedmontese Alps and is famous for its mountain scenery and the “Pian della Mussa” plateau, which attracts thousands of day trippers each summer. This magnificent landscape is at risk: as a first step, Balme has regulated access to the plateau by introducing parking fees. The speciAlps2 project team wants to see further steps, as Francesco Pastorelli, coordinator of the pilot region, explains. “We want to further reduce tourism-related pressure by trying to control the summer tourist flows on the plateau. The aim is not only to protect the sensitive flora and fauna of this unique landscape, but also to offer visitors a high-quality holiday experience.” (it)

Pilot region Bad Reichenhall, Germany

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(c) Tom Lamm, Berchtesgadener Land Tourismus

The roads in Bad Reichenhall in the Bavarian Alps resemble the eye of a needle as they lead into the valley – everyone wants to get through and there is little by way of alternatives. The corona pandemic has sharply increased the number of day trippers and, while a city bus already serves the popular destination of the Thumsee lake, it is still not well-known. With local stakeholders, input from experts and exchanges with other pilot regions, Bad Reichenhall aims to regulate visitor flows better, as regional project coordinator Katharina Gasteiger explains: “I am convinced that with speciAlps2 we can provide an impetus that will ease the situation in Bad Reichenhall. The town is ready to set an example and implement the concrete measures that we are developing in the project. At the same time, we want to make use of established campaigns in the Bavarian Alps region to raise awareness among visitors”. (de)

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SpeciAlps2 is funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) Germany.

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