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sustainable integrated valorisation of caves & karstic areas

Specific objective
3.1 Sustainably valorise Alpine Space cultural and natural heritage
  • ["Climate change and biodiversity","Community integration and common identity","Cultural heritage","Governance, partnership","Institutional cooperation and cooperation networks","Regional planning and development","Sustainable management of natural resour
Date of submission
13 Feb 2018
Last update
08 Nov 2018
Main objectives
30% of the alpine space are karstic with astonishing and specific alpine landscapes representing a strong asset for tourism even though valorisation is heterogeneous in the Alps (from no valorisation at all to UNESCO word heritage sites), a rich and fragile biodiversity, and interesting natural and cultural heritages. thus Alpine karstic areas meet both important preservation and valorisation challenges. But these matters are not yet addressed globally. Protection laws exist in some countries, sustainable tourism approaches are emerging but karstic areas managers still lack knowledge, resources ans means to handle alone integrated approaches. Our project will design & implement joint strategies to help karstic caves managers / territories, to sustainably develop their heritages.
Description of activities
- improves knowledge of the functioning of underground environments and their ecosystems with a common methodology for documentation of caves or even the experimentation of more efficient measuring instruments - sharing information by setting up tools for data processing and by organizing exchanges and capitalization activities on the acquired know-how or on the evolution of practices - development of managing support tools for cave or protected natural karstic areas managers - testing new ways of mediation using digital technologies
Envisaged outcomes
- common method to document caves - common data processing and GIS - annual symposium on acquired know how - frame of reference about conservation, protection, management and valorisation of subterranean sites and heritages bases on the analysis of good pratices - creation of training modules and digital tools to support the sustainable management of caves - new ways of mediation with experimental digital tools
Partners found
  • France : Chauvet Cave Mixed Union , Savoy University
  • Italy : Provincia di Trento, Bologna University
  • Slovenia : Karst Research Institute, National Biology Institute, National Park of Skocjanske Jama
  • Switzerland : Karst and Speleological Swiss Institute
  • Austria : National Natural History Museum
Partners wanted in the following countries
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
Partners wanted from the following institutions
  • Regional public authority
  • Sectoral agency
  • Higher education and research
  • Education/training centre and school
  • International organisation and other EU institutions
Comments on partners wanted
  • we try to find in each country a partner in each category :
  • - regional and local authorities
  • - higher education and research institutions
  • - cave managers or natural protected area managers such as national parks
  • - underground users such as speleological federation
  • the purpose is to create an European mixed network further than the project,which is considered as a first step of collaboration

Contact details

Vigne, Christophe
chief project, SMERGC