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Original title:
Competitiveness Actions and Policies for Alpine Cities
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dr. Damjana Gantar (Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia)
mag. Damjan Kavaš (Institute for Economic Research)
mag. Klemen Koman (Institute for Economic Research)
dr. Alma Zavodnik Lamovšek (Faculty of Civil and Geodethic Ingineering, University of Ljubljana)
1 October 2008–31 March 2011

Mountain areas are faced with many problems related to their spatial determinants: difficult access, poor transport links, difficult living conditions ... The Alpine area is particularly exposed to the depopulation of the one part, and the growth of cities, on the other. Thus, large areas are losing their human and economic potential, which is concentrated in small urban centers or more frequently in major cities on the edges of the Alpine area. To ensure and maintain sustainable economic and demographic development, it is necessary to strengthen the role of small (local) urban centers by linking the functioning polycentric settlement system and provide greater flexibility and diversity of their economies. This is the way Alpine towns can achieve the objectives of the Lisbon Strategy and contribute to raising the competitiveness of the entire Alpine region.



Project manager

Project manager at ZRC


Regione Lombardia – DG Sistemi Verdi e Paesaggio, Milano, Italy • DI Herbert Liske • Collège Régional des Conseils d'architecture, d'urbanisme e de environnement de Provence-Alpes Cote d'Azur, Embrun, France • Graubünden Department des Innern und der Volkswirtschaft Amt für Raumentwicklung, Chur, Switzerland • Institut d'Urbanisme de Grenoble, Universitè Pierre Mendes, Grenoble, France • LA.MO.RO Agenzia di sviluppo, Mango, Italy • Regione Autonoma Valle d'Aosta, Dipartimento Territorio, Ambiente e risorse idriche, Aosta, Italy • Regione Piemonte, Direzione Programmazione Strategica, Turin, Italy • Nacional tourist association, Ljubljana, Slovenija

Funded by

European Regional Development Fund


small alpine urban centers • the Alps • competitiveness • attractiveness