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Full project title and funding programme

Full title of project: WIKIAlps: A wiki for capitalising on spatial-development projects

Funding programme: Alpine Space Programme


Spatial Development


Schedule and project consortium


01.10.2013 – 31.12.2014

Project consortium


"WIKIAlps tackles the capitalisation on selected Alpine Space 2007-2013 projects in the first “Inclusive Growth” and second “Resource Efficiency and Ecosystem Management” field focussing on missing links/synergies/unsolved contradictions between economic growth & environmental development. With the aim of contributing to a balanced territorial development in the AS & by involving different policy sectors & actors from local to international level, WIKIAlps objectives are to analyse the impact of selected projects on sustainable spatial development/to identify the demands they have to meet to support spatial development/governance approaches. Expected main results are practical recommendations to policy makers on how to integrate/use WIKIAlps project results in spatial development policy, enhancement of synergies among selected projects/topics and a web 2.0 tool (wiki) reorganising selected project outcomes and providing rapidly operative information ready-to-use for policy design." WIKIAlps project summary

Problems to be addressed

Spatial development is a crucial issue in the Alpine Space where economy, society and environment have to coexist in a very confined space. Although this often raises transnational questions within the Alpine Space, it is usually regulated at either the local, regional or national level. This poses a number of challenges for coherent development in the Alpine Space and within the framework of the European Union. Sound decision making in spatial development requires appropriate, manageable and current information – the WIKIAlps project delivers the necessary tools.


The overall aim of the WIKIAlps project is to facilitate balanced and shared territorial development in the Alpine Space by overcoming national borders. In order to reach this goal, the related project objectives are as follows:

  • Analysis of selected Alpine Space projects in the fields of “Inclusive growth” and “Resource efficiency and ecosystem management”
  • Identification of missing links, not recognized synergies, unsolved contradictions among these projects and their results.
  • Capitalising on the results of these selected Alpine Space projects by analysing:
  • how spatial development processes are considered by former Alpine Space projects and
  • how the results of these projects can support the development of a transnational governance in view of a macro-regional strategy for the Alps.
  • Setup of a WIKIAlps wiki reorganising selected project outcomes in order to provide rapidly operative information ready-to-use for spatial development policy design.
  • Creation of a discussion platform on the topic of “spatial development”.
  • Provide recommendations to major stakeholders (policy makers and civil servants at different administrative levels) as well as to researchers and entrepreneurs on:
  • The methodology for the analysis and transferability of project results.
  • How to integrate and use WIKIAlps project results in transnational spatial development policy design.

Actions on low-carbon economy, energy efficiency and nZEBs


Main results

The main expected results of the WIKIAlps project are a series of evolving ready-to-use tools oriented to spatial development. These tools will support stakeholders in achieving a balanced and shared territorial development in the Alpine Space by overcoming national borders.

These tools are:

1. WIKIAlps wiki providing easy-to-use information on a sustainable spatial development in the Alpine Space. This Area will be a wiki-style website containing for example:

Factsheets on capitalised projects, a minimum of eight will be included.
Competences matrix of stakeholders and institutions dealing with spatial development in the Alpine Space.
Insights on common issues and needs resulting from the transnational working tables.

2. Four WIKIAlps mini guides. Each mini guide will be an approximately two-page practical tool covering the following topics:

How-to-use the WIKIAlps wiki.
How-to-use achievements of selected projects and identified transnational needs.
How-to-use the Matrix of competences.
How to overcome national borders in a sustainable Alpine spatial development.

3. Practical recommendations for stakeholders, observers, policymakers, civil servants, researchers and entrepreneurs on:

Methodology to analyse and understand the transferability of spatial planning project results.
How to integrate the WIKIAlps project results in transnational spatial planning.

Outputs developed in the project

WIKIAlps – for a sustainable spatial development in the Alpine Space A wiki providing easy-to-use information on a sustainable spatial development in the Alpine Space

Project strengths and weaknesses

Project strengths

New and innovative approach that develops open source and easy-to-use tools.

Experienced partnership.

Relevant network of observers.

Project weaknesses

Time constraints due to a project duration of only 15 months.

Language barriers.

Contact and homepage

EURAC Research

Institute for Alpine Environment & Institute for Regional Development and Location Management Viale Druso 1

I-39100 Bozen/Bolzano

Tel. +39 0471 055 321