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Climate protection: from plan to action

Jul 12, 2021
The Alps as a climate-neutral, climate-resistant region by 2050: this is the objective of the newly launched “Climate Action Plan 2.0” of the Alpine Convention. Concrete steps will now follow in such areas as mountain farming, spatial planning and biodiversity.
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Belluno/I wants to involve its citizens more in climate action as part of the "Climate Action in Alpine Towns" project. © Giacomo De Donà

“Building strong and effective partnerships will be the key to implementing ambitious climate measures”, says the preface to the Action Plan. The Alpine Climate Board (ACB) developed the document, which was then adopted by the XVI Alpine Conference at the end of 2020. Over the next five to ten years, the action plan envisages activities in ten areas – including transport, energy, tourism, spatial planning and biodiversity. These are intended to close the gap between strategies and measures for climate protection.

The Action Plan is based on 30 implementation paths developed by the working bodies of the Alpine Convention and other experts. It includes proposals from workshops, feedback rounds and interviews with stakeholders. Existing regional, national and transnational programmes and measures as well as examples of best practice were taken into account.

The “Climate Action in Alpine Towns” project of the “Alpine Town of the Year” association shows the potential of the Climate Action Plan: ten Alpine Towns are implementing climate measures in terms of spatial planning and citizen participation. For example, city districts and buildings are greened in concert with citizens. The participating Alpine towns are also testing new governance models with a broad participation process, including the right of citizens to have a say in investments in local CO2-neutral projects.

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