Action Group 6

To preserve and valorise natural resources, including water and cultural resources


One of the main features of the Alpine Region are its outstanding natural and cultural resources. The ways in which these resources have been transformed into economic assets have varied through history and had distinctive effects both on the Alpine environment and on the resources itself. There are also conflicts of interest between the elements to protect natural resources and their economic use. The overall mission of Action Group 6 is to provide valuable contributions to an Alpine strategic framework that allows the establishment of sustainable and balanced models of resource management and production. Thus Action Group 6 aims at preserving and sustainably valorizing the Alpine natural and cultural heritage to enable also future generations to enjoy the unique living space of the Alps.

3rd Thematic Policy Area
"Environment and Energy"

Specific Objectives

In the first three years of the implementation period of the EUSALP Action Plan Action Group 6 will focus on the following three significant sub-topics, dealt with in specific sub-groups:

  • “Spatial development and soil conservation” (sub-topic 1)

Soil is a scarce resource which is renewable only during several generations and at high costs. This applies especially to Alpine regions, where soil formation processes are particularly slow due to geological and climatic conditions. Spatial planning has to search for appropriate instruments to minimize or even to avoid the consumption of soils. Action Group 6 aims at collecting basic information on “reduced land take and soil protection” and on implementing regional awareness raising events on how to intelligently reduce land use and on soil protection.

  • “Future oriented farming and forestry” (sub-topic 2)

Action Group 6 aims at establishing a knowledge network to collect, develop and foster existing – and possibly initiate new - innovative and successful initiatives and activities for the promotion and marketing of food and forest products especially in urban areas, which are sustainably produced and processed in the EUSALP mountain and rural areas to maintain cultural and ecosystem services.

  • “Integrated and sustainable water management” (sub-topic 3)

The sustainable and integrated management of the water resources of the Alps is of outmost importance for Europe as a whole. Therefore the sustainability of the sector and its integrated management shall be promoted in the field of river restoration and sediment management through the implementation of the “green infrastructure” concept as a win-win strategy for the achievement of the objectives of both the EU Water Framework Directive and the EU Flood Directive. In the field of water-demand and supply management options for preventing potential conflicts among sectors and actors in case of peaks of demand and/or regional droughts shall be identified. Furthermore the horizontal and vertical dialogue between the relevant stakeholders shall be strengthened.

Lisa Ellemunter
Role: Leader
Wolfger Mayrhofer
Role: Leader
Helmut Serro
Role: Leader
Paolo Angelini
Gianantonio Battistel
Raimund Becher
Andrea Bianchini
Anton Dippold
Silvester Gaberšček
Andreas Gstöhl
Lenča Humerca Šolar
Maja Jelen
Ana Jurše
Roland Kals
Marjetka Kanjir
Stanislava Klemenčič Kosi
Silvester Kranjec
Michaela Künzl
Gerhard Kuschnig
Spela Ledinek Lozej
Cassiano Luminati
André Mallossek
Irena Marš
Renata Meazza
Andrea Mugerle
Dorothea Palenberg
Thomas Peham
Špela Petelin
Davide Pettenella
Armin Schabus
Jochen Schlamberger
Christian Seidenberger
Benedetta Sevi
Elisabeth Sötz
Iris Speiser
Christian Steiner
Désirée Stofner
Luka Štravs
Thomas Streifeneder
Robert Unglaub
Laura Viganò
Grega Voglar


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Routes4U Meeting for the Alpine Region (EUSALP)

Fort of Bard, Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 85, 11020 Bard, AO Italy
02/04/2019 - 13:30 to 03/04/2019 - 15:30
Event type: EUSALP Public Event

With the main topic “Strengthening regional development through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe” the first Routes4U meeting for the Alpine Region is organized by the Council of Europe, in cooperation with the Autonomous Region of Valle d'A

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Place du Champ de Mars 2, 1050 BRUSSELS
10/04/2019 - 05:00
Event type: EUSALP Public Event

In the framework of EUSALP Italian Presidency 2019, MEP Herbert Dorfmann will chair the event FRIENDS OF EUSALP on 10 April 10 in Brussels.

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Sky Way Monte Bianco - Courmayeur (AO) - Italy
23/05/2019 - 14:00 to 24/05/2019 - 14:00
Event type: EUSALP Public Event

Within the events scheduled for the year of the Italian Presidency of EUSALP, Regione autonoma Valle d'Aosta organizes an event to bring together politicians, researchers, project managers, associations and all those people who are involved on the thematic of Smart Villages.