“Future challenges of EU in the Alpine Region: How to build the sustainable future of tomorrow?” – AUSTRIA, 14-15.04.2018

“Future challenges of EU in the Alpine Region: How to build the sustainable future of tomorrow?" (Werfenweng,14-15.04.2018) – POST EVENT PRESS RELEASE

The Municipality of Werfenweng hosted on 14th and 15th April 2018 the sixth Transnational Event “Future challenges of EU in the Alpine Region: How to build the sustainable future of tomorrow?” organised within the EU project “GEMS – Integration and Solidarity European Models for Sustainability”, co-funded by EACEA Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.

The event focused on the future challenges of the sustainable development of the Alpine communities. GEMS Task-Forces were called to identify actions and strategies that capitalise on existing resources and excellencies within the network.

To this end, the public conference, held on the first day of the event, hosted a session dedicated to successful initiatives at local level, that could be developed further at network level. Partners presented both consolidated practices, such as the Outdoor project carried out by Moena Municipality (i.e. platform for a better coordination of sports and tourism services within the area), as well as new promising initiatives, such as: Allergy-free Tourism Packages presented by Bad-Reichenhall partner and Anciuti Music Festival, presented by Forni di Sopra Municipality. Furthermore, it must be stressed that the initiatives presented by Forni di Sopra and Bad-Reichenhall, may be considered the result of GEMS debates, as they were discussed and developed by partners within previous GEMS events.

The public conference was, as usual, an important occasion for partners to disseminate and promote information on EU strategies and opportunities. This time, GEMS Task-forces were introduced to the framework for sustainable development in the Alpine Region, mainly to the EUSALP – European Union Strategy for the Alpine Region, and a number of financing instruments such as Alpine Space Programme and Interreg programmes active in the Region, such as Italy-Slovenia Interreg Programme.

During the conference, local experts from the hosting community of Werfenweng, illustrated local best practices on soft mobility, tourism promotion and local development, that is SAMO and wirSAMO projects.

During the second day of the event, GEMS Task-Forces and participants were involved in parallel workshops on the sustainability of tomorrow and the EU challenges in the Alpine Regions in order to elaborate several potential actions and strategies. Debates highlighted the following priorities: Sustainable tourism and sustainable mobility, building new synergies towards network sustainable development, fostering Alpine cultural and environmental heritage.

In their debates, participants stressed the importance of better capitalising on Best Practices of the GEMS project at Network level, as well as the importance of continuing to strengthen civic engagement frameworks that foster active participation both at local and at network level.

The project activities are open to a wide range of interested citizens from all involved towns. All citizens may visit the project web-site (www.gemsproject.eu) or write directly to the Consortium (info@gemsproject.eu) for receiving further information.


“Future challenges of EU in the Alpine Region: How to build the sustainable future of tomorrow?" (Werfenweng,14-15.04.2018) – PRESS RELEASE

The Municipality of Werfenweng will host on 14th and 15th April 2018 the sixth GEMS Transnational Event “Future challenges of EU in the Alpine Region: How to build the sustainable future of tomorrow?”.

The event will aim to stimulate debates around the future of Alpine sustainable development, vis-à-vis the main EU challenges as the Economic Growth and Innovation, the Mobility and Connectivity and the Environment and Energy. During the event GEMS Task-forces will be involved in activities aiming to identify actions and strategies for the future sustainable development of the Alpine region.

During the first day of the international event participants will attend a conference on: "Future challenges of EU in the Alpine Region: How to build the sustaianble future of tomorrow? " where researchers from the Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia will present the current EU Programmes, Strategies and Opportunities for local authorities. During the conference, experts of the Alpine Pearls Association will share the best local practices of territorial promotion and sustainable development in Werfenweng (SAMO and WIR SAMO projects). The conference will be enriched as well by the contributions of the project partners, which will present, in a pleanry session involving the Werfenweng community, the latest initiatives and practices related to sustainable development.

During the second day GEMS Task-forces will be involved in a field visit in the community of Werfenweng, as well as in an intensive workshop that will aim to delineate network activities regarding the sustainable development and the future challenges of EU in the Alpine Region.

The project activities are open to a wide range of interested citizens from all involved towns. All citizens may visit the project web-site (www.gemsproject.eu) or write directly to the Consortium (info@gemsproject.eu) for receiving further information.