LINKING URBAN AND INNER-ALPINE GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
Green Infrastructure (GI) plays many important roles as source of food, water and other raw materials, protection against flooding or leisure space and habitat for animals, plants and people. Especially at a time where climate change even increases the pressure on Alpine ecosystems and threatens services which go far beyond the inner-mountain regions, GI offers economically sound
solutions in harmony with nature. In response to all that, AG7 implemented an approach based on strengthening the link between mountain ecosystems and urban centres in the Alpine region.
To improve the frame conditions for preserving and developing an intact, diverse and connected environment in favour of nature, people and economy.
What has been achieved?
At the occasion of the EUSALP Environmental Ministers Conference on Green Infrastructure on 2nd October 2017, the Green Infrastructure City network LOS_DAMA! has been set-up with the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding, which can count on 12 cities that joined the network.
AG7 developed a concept on how Alpine cities can closer cooperate with rural areas in the field of GI. Innovative business models should be supported using the example of regional GIs.
This strategic concept has been transferred into a project proposal called “LUIGI – Linking urban and inner-Alpine Green Infrastructure – Multifunctional Ecosystem Services for more liveable territories”which has been approved by the Interreg ASP.
Coherence with EUSALP Action Plan
The initiative is fully in line with the EUSALP Action Plan, which states: "the main feature of this action will be that it addresses connectivity between the Alpine core and peri-Alpine area on a wider geographical scale but also on regional scale between rural and urban areas".