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Future of the Local Municipality's Forestry and Alpine Economies

The pastures on the local Alps represent a large food basis, therefore are also of economic significance.

The pastures on the local Alps represent a large food basis, therefore are also of economic significance.

As part of DYNALP a public discussion is being sought with the citizens of the political municipality to come up with future-oriented solutions in the municipality to problems in such areas as administration, forestry, alpine land, valley produce and roads. The local municipality of Grabs is comprised mainly of forests and alpine land, but has no building land. The Municipality of Grabs would like to use the project to initiate a participatory process for forest and alpine use and find a funding means.
Precious environmental actions are provided on around 60 per cent of the town area of Grabs with meadows, alps and woods.

Precious environmental actions are provided on around 60 per cent of the town area of Grabs with meadows, alps and woods.

Aims

In an active citizen process, new solutions and ideas must be discussed and devised together for a "positive" future of local towns. Job preservation and services for the population as well as protection and care of natural goods and existing infrastructures are in the forefront.

Realization

The process triggered much movement and discussion. The work group, including 18 heads, has taken ideas from the population and has further developed them. Based on this result and the wide support in the population, it was possible to take concrete decisions for the company support as well as for a sustainable forestry and alpine economy.

Impact

The process has made the theme become an open discussion in the society. Prejudices and misinformation were explained and new development processes were triggered, e.g. in the fields of sale, environmental education and resource management. Collaboration with other towns in the area and wood owners is envisaged.

Location

Grabs

Involved

Local Municipality of Grabs, Municipality of Grabs, citizens and residents, forest users

Financing

INTERREG IIIB and local municipality/municipality

Contact person

Bernegger Holzbau AG
Walter Eggenberger
Löwenstrasse 6
9472 Grabs / CH
E-mail: walter.eggenberger@bernegger-holzbau.ch