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A Landscape of Ideas

A living laboratory: Participants from all Alpine countries discuss landscape at the final workshop of “Living Labs” in Schaan. (c) CIPRA International

What does the future of the mountainous regions look like? Young people from all over the Alps sought answers in the CIPRA “Living Labs” project – on joint excursions, in workshops and through discussions on the topic of landscape.

What does the future of the mountainous regions look like? Young people from all over the Alps sought answers in the CIPRA “Living Labs” project – on joint excursions, in workshops and through discussions on the topic of landscape.

A rough piece of wood from the Alpenfeuer, a polished stone from the Rhine, a dried flower from an Alpine pasture: with these objects from their home countries, the participants created their own Alpine landscape on a map. This map opened the final project event of “Living Labs”, held in Schaan from 20 to 22 September 2019. Young adults from all the Alpine countries discussed the future of the Alpine landscape with landscape experts and representatives of CIPRA and presented the results of their national projects.

A memorial fire for the protection of the Alps in Slovenia, a journey on public transport through Bavaria, future scenarios for the mountain area in Liechtenstein: the first day saw participants presenting their actions and events with which they addressed the Alpine landscape in their home countries. During the excursion on the second day they got to know different spatial development projects in Liechtenstein. Among other things, they learned more about the village development of Schaan during a walk with the association ELF.

At the concluding World Café, the participants discussed relevant questions about the Alpine landscape. “It is impressive to see the passion of young people from the Alpine region and to seek together for ecologically feasible solutions. This commitment and joy is most welcome for the future of the Alps”, says Kaspar Schuler, co-Executive Director of CIPRA International.

The two-year “Living Labs” project was co-financed by ERASMUS +, the Natum Foundation and Ivoclar Vivadent AG.