Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development Working Group

Chair: Germany

Space is a limited resource and subject to a variety of different usage demands. This applies especially to the Alps. To coordinate these demands in a sustainable way is a key and inter-sectoral task that must be considered across country borders. Therefore the Protocol “Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development” of the Alpine Convention addresses this theme. A strong and committed cross-sectoral approach is needed to tackle the growing number of cross-cutting issues in spatial development and to strengthen the sustainable development of the Alpine space. 

In order to initiate new dynamics for spatial planning in the Alpine area, in 2015, in the framework of the German Presidency, the expert group “Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development” was established and was active until 2019.

Being aware of the importance of spatial planning for sustainable development, the XVI Alpine Conference established the Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development Working Group, which will build on the work of the past expert group as well as the Alpine Climate Target System 2050, EU Territorial Agenda 2030 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The goals for the 2021-2022 mandate are to evaluate the status quo of spatial development within the Alpine Convention perimeter in accordance with the Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development Protocol, to continue to contribute to the Alpine Climate Target System 2050 and its implementation pathways, and to contribute to the 9th Report on the State of the Alps on Alpine cities.

Dr. Daniel Meltzian (, Lukas Kühne (, German Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Construction

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Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 11

Sustainable cities and communities

Goal 13

Climate action

Goal 15

Life on land

Goal 17

Partnerships for the goals


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