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The 2016 edition of the We are Alps tour was looking for answers what “Green Economy” is and how is it happening in the Alps – is it different from the lowlands, what are its characteristics and what good practice examples can be found across the Alps (with focus this year on the Eastern Alps).
A selected group of journalists participated in the tour taking place between 29 June and 5 July 2016 on a route linking Innsbruck (A) and Gorizia (I). Activities on the topic of Green Economy in the Alps, including energy efficiency in lighting and building, renewable energy production, sustainable use of natural resources, ecosystem services and natural capital-based economy, and overall economic development as the basis for a good quality life in the Alps, were carried out in Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Italy. As always in the We are Alps tour, the group travelled exclusively by sustainable means of transport, i.e. train, bus, bike and on foot.
The participants had the opportunity to meet the actors of flagship projects contributing to innovative approaches on topics such as water and forest management, spatial planning, transport, tourism, farming, energy production and savings and many more. The tour was organized in close cooperation with local partners, stakeholders and observer organization
Alpine green economy is also the topic of the upcoming Report on the State of the Alps that will be presented to the Alpine ministers in October and the participants at the tour will have a chance to catch a glimpse on the reality of it.    
Full programme of the tour 
Articles published by the participants: