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Final Conference

Final Conference European territorial Cooperation Alpine Space Programme

"CLIMALPTOUR-Climate Change and its impact on tourism in the Alpine Space"


6-7 October 2011

Palazzo Grandi Stazioni, Venice, Italy


Draft Programme (download as PDF, Version 2011-10-06)
Logistic Information (download as PDF)
Accomodation Information (download as PDF)


Online registration


Alpine Climate Change Days, Turin, Italy

Discussions on Climate Change Adaptation in the Alpine area on 30 - 31 March 2011,
at the Regional Museum of Natural Science in Turin (Italy)

ClimAlpTour e-tool, download available

The ClimAlpTour e-tool allows end-users - local administrations, NGOs, stakeholders - to explore alternative adaptation strategies with reference to future climate change scenarios for each case study area.


ClimAlpTour | Newsletter n.1

This is the first issue of the ClimAlpTour Project newsletter.


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:: ClimAlpTour: first results from the model regions
The ClimAlpTour project aims at providing a novel, science-based approach to tackle the impacts of climate change on Alpine tourism. First results from the model-regions are now available and pave the way to a successful closure in the next months for this challenging transboundary initiative. 

:: New book on Climate Change, the Economic Crisis and Tourism  to be edited as an outcome of  the ClimAlpTour Conference (Bolzano, November 20th 21th 2009)
Before the beginning of 2011, a book including the proceedings of the Conference „Facing Climate Change and the Global Economic Crisis: Challenges for the Future of Tourism” will be published.
The publication will be edited by Prof. Emeritus Klaus Weiermair (Innsbruck University), Harald Pechlaner and Marianna Elmi from EURAC – European Academy Bolzano, Andreas Strobl (Innsbruck University), Markus Schuckert (University of Applied Science, Chur) and will be financed by the Alpine Space Programme. Thus, the book will be available free of charge. 

:: Common CLISP-ClimAlpTour Midterm Conference  successfully held in Acqui Terme, Italy, 26th May 2010
The common Midterm Conference of the ClimAlpTour and CLISP projects was successfully held on the 26th of May in Acqui Terme, Piemonte, Italy. The Conference was hosted by CLISP Project Partner Provincia di Alessandria and organised in cooperation with the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea  and UNCEM Piemonte. The event aimed at enhancing the visibility of the two projects, informing a broader expert and public audience about the ongoing projects’ activities and available interim results, and pointing out potential common goals & synergies between the two projects. 

:: ClimAlpTour, WP6 Workshop Training, EURAC Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), 20th September 2010
As decided in the last Steering Committee during the common CLISP?ClimAlpTour Midterm Conference in the city of Acqui Terme, a training was held by EURAC on September the 20th, 2010 in Bolzano in order to share the methodologies for WP6 workshops. 
:: A sharing experiences event between ClimAlpTour and CLISP projects next Spring near Cuneo
The organizers MATTM e UNCEM of the joint ClimAlpTour/CLISP midterm conference, intend to promote with own resources and with the support of willing Project Partners, a similar event in the spring of 2011 near Cuneo. 

:: Expert hearing at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. How climate change is influencing the Alpine region and how can it give wings to innovations.
Palms in the Inn Valley, a looming “alpine Ballermann” and the call for snow and sun guarantee were the most striking issues of the expert hearing at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. The faculty of tourism had invited for an expert hearing with workshops that served to kick off the EU ClimAlpTour project about 70 experts from the insurance and finance sector, natural landscape management, NGOs and tour?ism experienced three top?class lecturers and productive workshops.

:: First solar skilift in the world to be built in Tenna, Graubunden Canton (Switzerland)
The village of Tenna in the Safien Valley (Graübunden Canton, Switzerland) will be soon free to boast of an unprecedented technological wonder: the world’s first completely solar ski?lift. In march 2010, in fact, the Tenna’s company which runs the old conventional ski?lift decided to replace it with the first solar plant ever built. 

:: New E- publication:  “The role of tour operators in climate change mitigation”
A recent publication by Naturefriends International and respect - Institute for Integrative Tourism and Development - has focused on the critical role of tour operators in climate change mitigation. Andreas Zotz, who is the author of this publication ? originally a diploma thesis which was awarded in the final round of the Austrian research contest  “Tourissimus 2009” ? criticizes the European market leaders in tourism in their attitude of shying away from their climate responsibility. 

:: A recent article analyses relations on climate change and tourism in the black forest
The tourism potential in mountain areas is mainly based on the attractiveness of natural resources that are climate?sensitive. A recent article appeared on the “International Journal of Biometeorology” focuses on the topic of how tourism can adapt to modified climate conditions and associated changes to the tourism potential in low mountain ranges. 

:: An article on “The Guardian” highlights the flood threats from a glacier on Alpine French village
An recent article highlights the threats coming from the Tête?Rousse Glacier, which lays down at an altitude of 3200 metres in the French Alps, close to the normal route up to the Mount Blanc, the ascent to Aiguille du Goûter. In fact, trapped under the glacier, some 65,000 cubic metre pocket of water – the equivalent of 20 Olympic swimming pools – are laying down, menacing the village of Saint?Gervais, which is settled just below it.

ClimAlpTour - Climate change and its impact on tourism in the Alpine Space

Tourism is closely related to climate variations, especially in mountain regions where, without snow it is not possible to ski and therefore are heavily dependent on snow precipitations.


But what are the expected effects of an increase in temperature? How could climate change affect the economic and social system of the Alpine space?


Climalptour project focuses on the Alpine space, where the effects of climate change could be stronger. Furthermore, the project considers winter tourism resorts as the focus of its studies.


The main objective of the project is to make Alpine centers an interesting destination in all seasons and to increase their potential even if snow is lacking. All the ClimAlpTour Partners are working together to find out concrete adaptation strategies that can be used by civil services and stakeholders to face this new situation and to go beyond the traditional vision of winter sports. Furthermore, Partners wish to raise the consciousness  among  allowing citizens, businessman and, above all, policymakers on the possible changes of the climate and  to identify the most appropriate strategies and to act on a timely base and on valid information. The project will deliver a powerful computer- based tool able to provide to all interested parties customized adaptation strategies based on information referring to every specific site.