Each partner, under the coordination of the Lead Partner Veneto Region, actively contributed to the project preparation by sending information regarding activities and budgets. Constant written and phone contacts have been undertaken by all partners with the Lead Partner and in the framework of the partner consortium, in order to have a common overview of the AF processing. The AF has been developed and draft. Each partner also signed the Partnership Agreement.
WP3 is in charge of the ClimAlpTour communication. The communication strategy is built on four main actions. First, a website which will gather all the official documents of the project. Users will have easy access to different information and to the state of the art of the project. A web-section will be set up and regularly updated to collect national and local media releases dealing with climate change impact on tourism in the Alps and other mountain regions. WP3 will organize a mid-term conference addressed to the public and Alpine media to show achieved results and present expected project outcomes to stakeholders. An expert hearing with relevant tourist stakeholders and experts will be organized with a strong support of policy makers to discuss project issues with a skilled audience.Finally, a final conference will widely involve media, public, policy makers and tourist stakeholders to present main project outcomes. Advanced media releases will be delivered, including at least a video taken at the expert hearing.
Collection of existing data is a main element to a successful project implementation. Both experience developed in past and minor re-elaboration of existing information relevant to the project are essential to assure a firm base to the project development. Environmental, physical and mainly social and economic datasets will be used and re-organized in order to deliver a proper description of the current situation of Alpine tourism along the Alpine arc and in the selected pilot-areas. WP4 aims at realizing a common definition of data standards amongst the pilot areas.Furthermore, WP 4 will collect, organize and pre-process all necessary natural and social science data for the 14 test sites by the respective cluster and category building; the involved partners will also build indicators for selected pilot sites. A study on the applicability of remote sensing for monitoring detailed artificial and natural snow cover from remote sensing for 3 typical pilot sites will be developed. Plus, all these results will provide inputs to WP 5.
The aim in this WP is the analysis of the impact of climate change on alpine tourism destinations. For alpine destinations, which are strongly affected by the aspects of climate change, it is important to identify adaptations options in strategy and product development. WP 5, which is based on data generated in WP 4 and previous studies (e.g. ClimChAlp), will support through the impact analysis WP 6 in the identificiation of such adaptation strategies. These strategies will enable alpine stakeholders to meet the challenges of climate change. Thereby the competitveness and attractivness of the Alpine Space in comparision to other destinations in Europe and worldwide will be enanced considerably.
An evaluation of the destination´s characteristics, product portfolio and vulnerability will be conducted for each pilot region, resp. data collection destination, in order to identify the impact of climate change. Key aspects are
- environmental analysis
- social analysis
- economical analysis
An environmental, social and economic analysis of the impacts of climate change on tourism destinations selected as pilot regions in WP 4. Analysis of current strategies of national and international stakeholders in order to validate the adaptation strategies in the pilot regions. Input for WP 6 and WP 7.
Delivering tailored adaptation strategies for the main problems identified in the project and the selected pilot-areas is one of the main aims of the project itself. The identification of peculiar situations of Alpine tourism and the development of appropriate strategies to tackle climate change and its impact on tourist economy can then be the base for further transfer of these strategies to other mountain areas facing the same or similar difficulties in this field. WP 6 will elaborate possible adaptation strategies to climate change and ist impact on Alpine tourism. Will develop a tailored strategy to a Alpine touristic locations already affected by climate change. It will implement the deveolped strategy on selected Alpine touristic locations and prepare a case study about this pilot project. Wp5 aims at realizing tailored adaptation strategies to climate change and its effects on Alpine tourism in the different pilot-areas identified in the different regions participating in the project in the 6 countries involved. It also aims at providing general guidelines to tackle climate change in the tourism sector in the Alps to be possibly applied and restructured also for other mountain regions worldwide. WP6 expects to realize concrete actions and options to be delivered in the Alps to enforce appropriate tourist strategies (at least one for every pilot area) in different seasons aiming at assuring a all-year tourist strategy in the Alpine tourist destinations.
To raise the awareness of Alpine people, including stakeholders, tourists, population and businesses on the impact of climate change on tourist economy of the Alps and on possible adaptation strategies to tackle them are among the most relevant goals of the whole project. A stronger involvement of Alpine people and institutions in the management of a changing climate and environmental conditions is a pre-requisite for future policy making. The main outputs of this WP will be:awareness on climate change and its impact on tourism and on possible adaptation strategies. One DSS (Decision Supporting System) tool for stakeholders involvement in decision - making connecting data categories with adaptation strategies (for their assessment) in order to support the identification of preferred options. A series of at least three workshop for stakaholders training in the pilot regions. Fine tuning of respective adaptation strategies. Information, education and communication activities to stakeholders groups, general public and policy makers at different levels in the Alpine region on effects of climate change on tourist sector and possible actions to tackle and respond to them.