Ad hoc Working Group for the Preparation of the 9th Report on the State of the Alps
The Alpine Convention publishes every two years the Report on the State of the Alps (RSA): an in-depth analysis on topics of particular relevance to the Alps. The Reports are the result of a collective work of an international team and they tackle Alpine environmental, economic or social themes on the Alpine-wide dimension, but without losing the focus on the situation in each Alpine country. This approach, together with the expertise of delegates of the Contracting parties and Observers, allows to combine science with policy and therefore to identify Alpine dynamics as well as common recommendations or proposals for action. To carry out this important and ambitious task, the XVI Alpine Conference established a RSA 9 ad hoc Working Group to deal with the theme of Alpine cities.
Urbanisation has been a relentless trend in the last years in the Alpine region. More and more people move from peripheric areas to the cities. In the Alps, only 10% of the municipalities has more than 10,000 inhabitants: nevertheless, they host more than one third of the Alpine population and grow on average twice as much as other municipalities. And at the same time, the topic of Alpine cities has never been properly addressed in research.
For all these reasons, the Swiss presidency of the Alpine Convention decided to fill this gap and dedicate the RSA 9 to Alpine cities. The report will address cities first of all from a scientific perspective, by analysing the transnational and Alpine trends in order to provide a clear status of the current situation. Secondly and equally importantly, the text will be also practice oriented, since it will address practitioners, public administrators and local actors by covering urban and socio-economic aspects and highlighting the common urban challenges. The report will also be the opportunity to gather a collection of good practices.
Marc Pfister, Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications; Federal Office for Spatial Development
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