Taking place every four years, the AlpWeek is an international event on sustainable development and related Alpine issues, organised jointly by key Alpine organisations. This event will bring main Alpine stakeholders together to meet and exchange views.
The manifold aspects of the relationship between the Alps and the people who live, work and recreate there will be the main focus of the fourth edition of the AlpWeek in October 2016 in Grassau/Achental (Germany). People in the Alps are facing huge future challenges and at the same time, they are the key players to cope with them. The AlpWeek intends to share existing Alpine experiences in order to find new solutions for the future that are specific to the alpine region(s) and respectful of its socio-cultural and natural heritage. In order to make visible the variety of approaches and and discuss sustainable development options, the AlpWeek 2016 invites to a broad and diversified dialogue focusing on three main fields of action: demography, culture and quality of life.
Achental is future-oriented – it is marked by the pioneering Eco-Model Achental, committed to sustainable regional development since 1990. This association coordinates cross-community projects, giving them new inspiration, with activities focused on nature-based tourism, promotion of small-scale agriculture, nature protection and sustainable energy for the region. With a biomass plant and a weekly rural market, Grassau plays an important role in Achental’s energy supply and direct marketing and, during AlpWeek 2016, forms a perfect setting and starting point for exploring this innovative valley.
Alliance in the Alps; Alpine Convention; Interreg Alpine Space programme; Alpine town of the year association; CIPRA International; Club Arc Alpin; ISCAR; Ökomodell Achental.
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety; Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection.
This report summarises the most important elements regarding the three topics of demography, culture and quality of life that were covered in the lectures and sessions. In conclusion there is a review of the results of AlpWeek 2016 and proposals for the future direction of the event.
11-15 October 2016 in Grassau, GermanyImage: momosu, photocase.de