This year, the Alpine Convention Day, organised by the Slovenian Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning (MOP), was dedicated to climate neutrality and resilience. This annual event aims to promote the Alpine Convention, its goals, work and results to the broader public. The focus of this year’s Alpine Convention Day was the role of public transport in achieving the vision of Slovenia as a green tourist destination.
Over the past two years, the Slovenian Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning co-financed five projects focusing on climate change and especially the implementation of different measures for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in local communities. One of these was the LokAlp project led by the Soča Valley Development Centre, the Alpine Convention Infopoint in Tolmin. As part of the project, a conference on the role of public passenger transport in the tourism sector was organised on the 27th of May – the occasion of this year's Alpine Convention Day.
The conference brought together representatives of different stakeholders from the Alpine region in Slovenia – from different ministries and local public administrations to NGOs and companies providing public transport services. The participants highlighted the challenges, but also the many existing good practices and examples of public transport organisation as one of the cornerstones of sustainable tourism in Slovenia. These best practice examples include traffic-calming in protected areas and tourism products, the main component of which is multi-modal sustainable mobility.
The Permanent Secretariat thanks the Slovenian Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning for another interesting Alpine Convention day – and looks forward to the next one!